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Burning Issues in African Philosophy

General Programming

dateSeptember 28, 2016 timeWednesday, 7:00pm–9:00pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Institute of African Studies

This year's seminar, Burning Issues in African Philosophy, is curated by Drucilla Cornell and Souleymane Bachir Diagne and presented by the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University. It includes six seminars with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Paget Henry, Nkiru Nzegwu, Olufemi Taiwo, Nadia Yala Kisukidi, and Lewis Gordon. It builds off of the sophisticated work that has now become part of an international conversation on how African philosophy makes unique interventions into almost every important question of politics, ethics, aesthetics, ontology and epistemology. It begins by challenging the conventional Afro-pessimistic view of time as being unable to organize a future perspective that would allow for adequate industrialization and development. If time is what happens inseparable from events, this does not mean that there is no future in African philosophy. What it means is that there is no future that can be foreclosed or known in advance and thus possibilities for the future remain open. It is therefore up to our actions to bring about the future that we want.

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  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne Professor of French Columbia University
  • Discussant Drucilla Cornell Distinguished Professor Rutgers University