1st Edition

Contrasts and contests about philosophy

Edited By Mogobe Ramose Copyright 2017
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    The sheer variety of socio-political events and technological advancements which affect modern society, and the speed and intensity at which these events occur around the world, delivers change known as epistemic and social transformation. Within this context, the question of justice for all is a poignant one. It is a cognitive revolution challenging humankind to consider whether or not the already contested meaning of philosophy can remain unchanged. The contributions to Contrasts and contests about philosophy address this challenge from a variety of different, and even contending, perspectives. This book was originally published as a special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy.

    Introduction: Contrasts and contests about philosophy Mogobe B. Ramose

    1. Dialogue as the negation of hegemony: An African perspective Pascah Mungwini

    2. Decolonisation and its discontents: Thoughts on the postcolonial African moral self Chielozona Eze

    3. Challenging the dominant ideological paradigm: Can community engagement contribute to the central epistemic aims of philosophy? Sharli Anne Paphitis and Lindsay Kelland

    4. Universalism and African philosophy Bernard Matolino

    5. Thabo Mbeki, postmodernism, and the consequences Robert Kowalenko

    6. Transforming the African philosophical place through conversations: An inquiry into the Global Expansion of Thought (GET) Jonathan O. Chimakonam

    7. Philosophy-in-Place and the provenance of dialogue Bruce B. Janz

    8. Human rights in a moderate communitarian political framework Martin Odei Ajei

    9. This thing called communitarianism: A critical review of Matolino’s Personhood in African Philosophy O.A. Oyowe

    10. The Analytic appeal of African philosophy Jason van Niekerk

    11. Chester Himes, Jacques Derrida and inescapable colonialism: Reflections on African philosophy from the diaspora Bryan Mukandi

    12. The politics of philosophy in Africa: A conversation Ward E. Jones and Thaddeus Metz

    13. On the contested meaning of ‘philosophy’ Mogobe B. Ramose


    Mogobe Bernard Ramose is Associate Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Limpopo, South Africa. He is also affiliated with the Department of Clinical Psychology at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa, and is a visiting Professor at the Centre for Human Rights, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is a frequently and widely cited author.