1st Edition

Kimmerle’s Intercultural Philosophy and Beyond The Ongoing Quest for Epistemic Justice

By Renate Schepen Copyright 2023
    274 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers a concise overview of the development of intercultural philosophy since the early 1990s, focusing on one of its key pioneers Heinz Kimmerle (1930– 2016).

    Building on influences from Gadamer, Heidegger, Derrida and Ramose, Kimmerle’s approach to intercultural philosophy is radical and fosters epistemic justice. Kimmerle critically reflected on his own western philosophical tradition, highlighting the problems of a discourse based on a dominant concept of rationality, and of excluding different approaches and participants. Instead, Kimmerle developed an alternative way of thinking, emphasizing the importance Of recognizing philosophies of different cultures. He focused particularly on African philosophies in academic discourse. In the book, the many layers of Kimmerle’s intercultural philosophy are revealed, exploring how dialectics, hermeneutics, deconstruction and decolonization can contribute to epistemic justice. The author goes beyond Kimmerle and demonstrates how Kimmerle’s approach can be further enhanced by using an intersectional approach and by engaging in dialogue with female philosophers and artists.

    This new study, which also introduces unpublished and untranslated texts from Kimmerle’s work in German and Dutch, will be of considerable interest to researchers of continental philosophy, intercultural and African philosophy, political philosophy, decolonial and feminist studies.

    Prelude: Where We Are Coming From  1 Introduction: Epistemological Diversity as a New Paradigm  Part I Confluence of Layers in Kimmerle’s Philosophy  2 Dialectics and Difference: Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida, Lyotard and Irigaray  3 Hermeneutics and Deconstruction: Schleiermacher, Hegel, Gadamer and Derrida  4 Deconstruction and Decolonization  5 Conclusion Part I  Part II Dialogues and Epistemic Justice  6 Dialogues as a Form of Intercultural Philosophy  7 Dialogues and Decolonization: Conditions and Skills for Dialogue  8 Dialogues between Art and Philosophy: Playful Encounters  Part III And Beyond  Chapter 10 Imagining Epistemic Justice in Education and Ecology  Appendix 1 ‘What does Derrida Mean by >Theology of Translation<?’ by Heinz Kimmerle


    Renate Schepen is an independent philosopher. Her research focuses on intercultural philosophy and dialogues, and she contributes to the academic, public and private sectors with advice, research, education and publications. She has published/ edited books on intercultural philosophy, dialogue and diversity. Together with Heinz Kimmerle she published Philosophy of Understanding. A Dialogue ( Filosofi e van het verstaan. Een dialoog ) (2014). She completed her PhD (with honours) at the University of Vienna after studying philosophy at universities in Uruguay, Ghana and the Netherlands. More about her and her work can be found at: www.doordacht.net.

    "Dr Renate Schepen's book is a timely and critical contribution to intercultural philosophy with a distinct relevance to feminist studies. An engaging dialogue between African and Western Philosophies."
    Mogobe Ramose, Professor of Philosophy, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Department of Clinical Psychology, Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa

    "There is not another in-depth treatise on Heinz Kimmerle like this one. While Kimmerle has extensive writings, this volume gives readers an overview of Kimmerle’s development as an intercultural philosopher. Schepen’s added creativity and imagination makes sure that her analysis is a unique contribution to the field."
    Gail Presbey, Professor of Philosophy, University of Detroit Mercy

    "Dr. Schepen has succeeded not only in transferring the concepts of Western philosophical approaches, such as those of Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida, Lyotard and Irigaray, into a kind of "dialogue", which already with Kimmerle itself culminated in a more than fruitful engagement with African philosophy, moreover she has also opened up new paths for an "intercultural dialogue" beyond Kimmerle by connecting deconstructive, decolonial, feminist discourses with the contemporary theory of ‘epististemic justice’."
    Georg Stenger, Professor of Philosophy in a Global World, University of Vienna

    "Schepen's is the most comprehensive book to date in intersectional intercultural philosophy"
    Yonas Belay Abebe, Institute for Philosophy, Leiden University, Netherlands