[SydPhil] ACEPS at UJ Online Talk | 4pm SAST 20 Oct | Dr Paul Irikefe | Ethnophilosophy as Decolonization: Revisiting the Question of African Philosophy

Mitova, Veli vmitova at uj.ac.za
Tue Oct 17 21:46:06 AEDT 2023

The African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/nsZwCzvkyVCGXovjZC4yboh?domain=uj.ac.za>) at the University of Johannesburg invites you to:

Philosophy through Indigenous Knowledge Speaker Series: Opening Lecture

 ‘Ethnophilosophy as Decolonization: Revisiting the Question of African Philosophy’ by Dr Paul Irikefe<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/bLQECANpgjCZxAMDXs8dzya?domain=paul-irikefecardiff.com>

Date:      Friday 20 October 2023

Time:      16:00 (SAST/ Central Africa Time/ Central European Time); 19:30 (India Standard Time); 8:00 (Central Time)

Venue:    UJ on Empire, Ground Floor

Zoom:     https://zoom.us/j/95988953869

Funding:  National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

ACEPS: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/nsZwCzvkyVCGXovjZC4yboh?domain=uj.ac.za

Ethnophilosophy as Decolonization: Revisiting the Question of African Philosophy


In this paper, I challenge the deeply held view in African philosophy that ethnophilosophy is a form of degenerate philosophy. I do so in two steps.  First, I argue that the ethnophilosophical problems raised by the self-styled ‘professional philosophers’ in African philosophy  rest on a profound mistake: the characterization of ethnophilosophy they attack does not exist in the great works of Tempels, Mbiti, Senghor, and Kagame. Second, I argue that ethnophilosophy properly understood is a specific instance of epistemological decolonization, which among other things,  invites us to question those very assumptions about the nature of philosophy and rational belief from which the ethnophilosophical problems seem to greatly arise.  I develop this second argument by drawing on a framework of decolonization that stems from  the works of Anibal  Quijano (2000, 2007), Ramón Grosfoguel (2007, 2013), Walter Mignolo (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), and Veli Mitova (2020, 2023).

Author Bio:

Paul Irikefe is a President and Andrew  W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a Research Associate in the Faculty of the Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.  He works mainly in African philosophy, metaphilosophy, and epistemology.

At UC Irvine, he equally works on a campus-wide initiative led by Duncan Pritchard to embed intellectual virtues in the university curriculum at UC Irvine and beyond. He is presently working on a book manuscript on the epistemology of philosophy. Paul Irikefe defended his PhD this year at Cardiff University with Avner Baz (Tufts University) as his external examiner and Jonathan Webber (Cardiff University) as his internal examiner. He was supervised by Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff University), Liz Irvine (Cardiff University) and Mona Simeon (University of Glasgow).


Veli Mitova

Professor in Philosophy and Director of ACEPS

University of Johannesburg


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