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Amo, Anton Wilhelm (c.1703–56)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-Z001-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The first European-trained African philosopher, Amo pursued a scholarly career in jurisprudence and then in rationalist psychology, logic, and metaphysics. He trained at Halle, Wittenberg and Jena universities, and was influenced by the systems of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Christian von Wolff. While at Halle university, he wrote a pioneering legal dissertation on the application of Roman laws of slavery to Africans in Europe. Subsequently drawn to classical, biblical, and hermetic traditions that apotheosized a cultural continuity with ancient Africa, Amo focused his theoretical and practical concerns on the exterior world of international law and the interior world of deliberative intellectual acts.

Citing this article:
Wright, John S.. Amo, Anton Wilhelm (c.1703–56), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-Z001-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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