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African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalization of Women

1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan O. Chimakonam, Louise du Toit


252 pages

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This book examines the underexplored notion of epistemic marginalization of women in the African intellectual place. Women's issues are still very much neglected by governments, corporate bodies and academics in sub-Saharan Africa. The entrenched traditional world-views which privilege men over women make it difficult for the modern day challenges posed by the neglect of the feminine epistemic perspective, to become obvious.

Contributors address these issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives, demonstrating what philosophy could do to ameliorate the epistemic marginalization of women, as well as ways in which African philosphy exacerbates this marginalization. Philosophy is supposed to teach us how to lead the good life in all its ramifications; why is it failing in this duty in Africa where the issue of women’s epistemic vision is concerned? The chapters raise feminist agitations to a new level; beginning from the regular campaigns for various women’s rights and reaching a climax in an epistemic struggle in which the knowledge-controlling power to create, acquire, evaluate, regulate and disseminate is proposed as the last frontier of feminism.

Table of Contents






  1. Addressing theEpistemic Marginalization of Women in African Philosophy and Building a Culture of Conversations
  2. Dr. Jonathan O. Chimakonam (University of Calabar, Nigeria and University of Pretoria, South Africa)  

  3. Henry Odera Oruka and the Female Sage: Re-evaluating the Nature of Sagacity
  4. Dr. Pius Mosima (BIRD, University of Bamenda, Cameroon)

  5. Women and Ubuntu: Does Ubuntu Condone the Subordination of Women?
  6. Dr. Rianna Oelofsen (University of Fort Hare, South Africa)

  7. African Philosophy, its Questions, the Place and the Role of Women and its Disconnect with its World
  8. Dr. Olajumoke Akiode (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

  9. Dialogues and Alliances: Positions of Women in African Philosophy
  10. Drs. Renate Schepen (University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht/VU Amsterdam, Netherlands)

  11. Dealing with the Trauma of a Loss: Interrogating the Feminine Experience of Coping with Spouse’s Death in African Traditions
  12. Dr. Elvis Imafidon (Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria) 

  13. Human Rights Discourse: Friend or Foe of African Women’s Sexual Freedoms?
  14. Prof. Louise du Toit (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

  15. African Philosophy’s Injustice against Women
  16. Prof. Bernard Matolino (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

  17. Conceptual Decolonization in African Philosophy: The Women Perspective
  18. Prof. Oladele Balogun (Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria)

  19. Women in the history of African Philosophy and the Imperative of ‘Her-Storical’ Perspective in the Contemporary African Philosophy
  20. Dr. Mesembe I. Edet (University of Calabar, Nigeria)

  21. Buffeted: Developing an Afro Feminist Response to Environmental Questions
  22. Dr. Betty Wambui (State University of New York, Oneonta)

  23. Ecofeminism in Africa: The Contribution of Wangari Maathai
  24. Dr. Anke Graness (University of Vienna)

  25. Women in the Kitchen of Philosophy: Re-Asking the Questions of African Philosophy
  26. Dr. Egbai Uti Ojah, (University of Calabar, Nigeria)

  27. Are Women Marginalized in African Philosophy?

Prof. Uduma Oji Uduma (Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria)






About the Editors

Jonathan O. Chimakonam Ph.D, is a senior lecturer at the University of Calabar, Nigeria.

Louise du Toit Ph.D, is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

About the Series

Routledge African Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies