Contemporary African philosophy ranges over a number of debates, positions, and
theoretical traditions. It can, however, be read as its own critical tradition of hard-won
methodological refinements and substantive philosophical debates common to a
body of philosophical work concerned with African philosophical resources elided
by coloniality and postcoloniality. In this paper I argue for an account of Analytic
philosophy as a style of philosophy, and trace a congruous approach in history of
African philosophy, suggesting that these should not be characterised as antagonistic.
I conclude by contrasting this style of philosophy with positions drawn from the work
of Mogobe Ramose, arguing that the Analytic approach captures a set of questions
worth pursuing in engagements with Ramose’s work.
In rejecting ‘Analytic’ as a term effectively without content, Spurrett’s reasoning would likely be approved of by logical positivists.