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Routledge Studies in African Philosophy

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The Routledge Studies in African Philosophy book series reflects the many exciting and diverse contributions to philosophy which are being made by Africans and the African diaspora. Historically dominated by the voices of Western thinkers, the field of philosophy is rapidly diversifying and there is a pressing need to reflect on the rich epistemic traditions and history to be found within Africa. Covering all aspects of philosophy, including but not limited to metaphysics, epistemology, moral philosophy, ethnophilosophy, ethics, and political philosophy, this series aims to reflect all regions across the continent and the diaspora. This series invites contributions from both established scholars and early-career researchers, and will consider full-length single-authored monographs, multi-authored books, edited collections and high-quality thesis conversions based on cutting-edge innovative and original research on Africa.

To submit a proposal for Routledge Studies in African Philosophy please contact Routledge African Studies editor Helena Hurd, [email protected]

12 Series Titles

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Endangered African Knowledges and the Challenge of Modernity An Igbo Response

Endangered African Knowledges and the Challenge of Modernity: An Igbo Response

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By Donald Mark C. Ude
April 02, 2024

This book presents an innovative African philosophical response to coloniality and the attendant epistemicide of Africa’s knowledge systems, drawing on Igbo thinking. This book argues that theorizing modernity requires a critical conversation between African and Western scholarship, in order to ...

Intercultural Thinking in African Philosophy A Critical Dialogue with Kant and Foucault

Intercultural Thinking in African Philosophy: A Critical Dialogue with Kant and Foucault

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By Marita Rainsborough
March 26, 2024

This book sets up a rich intercultural dialogue between the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and Michel Foucault, and that of key African thinkers such as Kwame Anthony Appiah, Achille Mbembe, Kwasi Wiredu, Kwame Gyekye, Tsenay Serequeberhahn, and Henry Odera Oruka.   The book challenges western-centric...

African Ethics and Death Moral Status and Human Dignity in Ubuntu Thinking

African Ethics and Death: Moral Status and Human Dignity in Ubuntu Thinking

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By Motsamai Molefe, Elphus Muade
December 12, 2023

This book analyzes the concepts of moral status and human dignity in African philosophy and applies them to the moral problems associated with death. The book first challenges the criticism and rejection of moral status in African philosophy and then continues to consider how moral personhood is ...

Futurism and the African Imagination Literature and Other Arts

Futurism and the African Imagination: Literature and Other Arts

1st Edition

Edited By Dike Okoro
September 25, 2023

This book investigates how African authors and artists have explored themes of the future and technology within their works. Afrofuturism was coined in the 1990s as a means of exploring the intersection of African diaspora culture with technology, science and science fiction. However, this book ...

African Epistemology Essays on Being and Knowledge

African Epistemology: Essays on Being and Knowledge

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Edited By Peter Aloysius Ikhane, Isaac E. Ukpokolo
May 31, 2023

This book investigates how knowledge is conceived and explored within the African context. Epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, has historically been dominated by the Western approach to the discourse of knowledge. This book however shines a much-needed spotlight on knowledge systems ...

Consolationism and Comparative African Philosophy Beyond Universalism and Particularism

Consolationism and Comparative African Philosophy: Beyond Universalism and Particularism

1st Edition

By Ada Agada
May 31, 2023

In a major challenge to African philosophy, this book demonstrates the importance of the universalisation question for every committed African philosopher. Rooted in Africa’s colonial legacy, the universalisation question challenges the African thinker to show how authentically African ...

Critical Conversations in African Philosophy Asixoxe - Let's Talk

Critical Conversations in African Philosophy: Asixoxe - Let's Talk

1st Edition

Edited By Alena Rettová, Benedetta Lanfranchi, Miriam Pahl
May 31, 2023

In this edited collection contributors examine key themes, sources and methods in contemporary African Philosophy, building on a wide-ranging understanding of what constitutes African philosophy, and drawing from a variety of both oral and written texts of different genres. Part one of the volume ...

Feminist African Philosophy Women and the Politics of Difference

Feminist African Philosophy: Women and the Politics of Difference

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By Abosede Priscilla Ipadeola
August 26, 2022

The book argues that women's perspectives and gender issues must be mainstreamed across African philosophy in order for the discipline to truly represent the thoughts of Africans across the continent. African philosophy as an academic discipline emerged as a direct challenge to Western and ...

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

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

1st Edition

By Renate Schepen
August 11, 2022

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 ...

Environmental Justice in African Philosophy

Environmental Justice in African Philosophy

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By Munamato Chemhuru
April 08, 2022

This book focuses on environmental justice in African philosophy, highlighting important new perspectives which will be of significance to researchers with an interest in environmental ethics both within Africa and beyond. Drawing on African social and ethical conceptions of existence, the book ...

Africanizing African Legal Ethics

Africanizing African Legal Ethics

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By John Murungi
December 05, 2019

This book is a philosophical inquiry into indigenous African legal ethics, asking what is African about African legal ethics? Taking us beyond a geographical understanding of Africa, the author argues for an African legal ethics that is distinct from non-African African legal ethics which are ...

African Philosophy and the Otherness of Albinism White Skin, Black Race

African Philosophy and the Otherness of Albinism: White Skin, Black Race

1st Edition

By Elvis Imafidon
November 07, 2018

Albinism is one of the foremost disability and public health issues in Africa today. It often makes headlines in local, national and international medias and forms the basis for intense advocacy at all levels. This is primarily due to the harmful representations of persons with albinism deeply ...

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