Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 41

Debating the authentic: An outsider’s view of West African culture in Ghana

Benjamin B. Olshin
  • Benjamin B. Olshin
  • Division of Liberal Arts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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  •  Received: 01 November 2004
  •  Accepted: 30 November 2004
  •  Published: 31 December 2004

Abstract

A visitor from a technologically advance Western culture travels to a distant land seeking something that is missing in his culture. Perhaps he feels it us an entirely new culture that he us seeking, or simply an escape from the rigid, mechanized reality of his Western existence.

How old is this quest? The desire for the simple life, some kind of Eden or a return to the beauty of nature and a natural lifestyle, has ancient roots. Some two millennia ago, Pliny the Younger wrote what fondness of country living (his ancestral home was the rural are of Lake Como, Italy), away from the duties and politics of the city of Rome.