ISBN 9789789182237
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2015
Publisher Kraft Books, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Autonomy of Values

Determinations, Affirmations and Mediations

by Udenta O. Udenta

In this highly challenging, provocative and sometimes, disturbing philosophical work, the author argues that reality is a function of value while value in turn projects three distinct properties: determination, affirmation and mediation. He contends that all values are amoral at their point of incarnation; that determination is a process of becoming; that affirmation of values is the establishment of “beingness”, while mediation relates either to the over-empowerment or over-disempowerment of values, at which stage they are transformed into legitimate or inauthentic entities.

Drawing substantially from metaphysics, literature, natural science, cultural studies, genetic biology and religion, not to mention mystic and transcendental knowledge, the book interrogates such subjects as the meaning of life and death, ultimate values, literary values, eugenics, cloning and man’s perpetual search for immortality. Guaranteed to generate intense and passionate debate, Autonomy of Values: Determinations, Affirmations and Mediations is as strange as books come; enigmatic, esoteric, and yet poignantly evocative, lucid, well-reasoned with a heightened and celebratory use of language.

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About the Author

Udenta O. Udenta

Udenta O. Udenta is Director with the Centre for Alternative Policy Perspectives and Strategy (CAPPS), Abuja, Nigeria, he was, at various times, a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Igbo Studies/School of Humanities at Abia State University, a pro-democracy/human rights activist, a National Secretary of one of Nigeria's leading political parties between 1998-2000 and a Director with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), The Presidency, Abuja (2001-2009).