Franz Crahay, Epistemologist; historian of Philosophy; symbolic logician.
Louvain University and the University of Paris. Diploma,n Classics, Louvain, 1943, certificate in PsychoPhysiology, Paris, 1949. Licence ès Lettres and Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures, Paris, 1948 and 1951, DPhil 1954.
Fellow of The Belgian Foundation of Scientific Research, 1951-1957. Chargé de Cours, University of Liège, 1957. Professor of Philosophy, Universities of Lovaibium, Kinshasa.
1957-^68 and Liège until his death.
U 951 ) Le Problème de la vérité. Durkheim Prize of the University of Paris.
11957) Le Formalisme logico-mathématique et le problème du non-sens, Paris: Les Belles-Lettres. H963) La Diversité des sciences dan l'unité du savoir Léopoldville: University of Lovainium.
Mudimbe, V. Y. (1989) The Invention of Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Crahay is well known in the field of African Philosophy for the lecture he gave on 19 March 1965 at the Goethe Institute of Léopoldville. The lecture was published in Diogenes 52. It is organized around two main questions.
First, is there a Bantu philosophy, in an acceptable mean- >ng of the concept of philosophy? Second, if there ls not, what are the conditions for a Bantu Philosophy? Crahay responds by suggesting five conditions which could generate a Bantu philosophy: the existence of African philosophers. Their integration in the philosophical tradition. An inventory of indigenous values which could provoke thought.
A clear distinction between reflexive consciousness and mythical consciousness: and a critical analysis of African intellectuals' main temptations which, as in the case of Marxism, would seem to respond to concrete and urgent needs for development.