CPT-58306 African Philosophy


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work6
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. BK Boogaard
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BK Boogaard
Examiner(s)dr. ir. BK Boogaard

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Have you heard of African philosophy? Would you like to learn about great African philosophers and their ideas? This new free choice course will provide you the necessary in-depth knowledge on African thinking, reasoning and underlying frameworks based on the works of influential African philosophers like Mogobe Ramose, Sophie Olúwolé, and Workineh Kelbessa. We will introduce relevant philosophical themes for development issues and questions, illustrated with concrete examples and case studies.
Moreover, you learn to critically reflect on your own cultural and scientific background. Intercultural dialogues are particularly suitable to critically reflect on one’s own thinking and learn from other cultures. During this course you therefore acquire basic methodological skills to engage in intercultural dialogues - based on the work of Heinz Kimmerle on intercultural philosophy.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain why African philosophy has gained relatively little attention in Western scientific thinking, and what Eurocentric thinking and epistemological injustice entails;
- describe methodological considerations when studying African philosophy, including the importance of language and oral traditions;
- understand several key concepts, such as binary complementarity, ontology of be-ing (Ubuntu), time and development, extended family, animism, and environmental ethics;
- read, understand, and discuss philosophical literature;
- apply methodological skills to engage in intercultural dialogues through which they can learn from other cultures;
- critically reflect on their cultural and scientific background.


- lectures with discussions;
- group work with weekly assignments;
- reading literature.


Written exam with open essay questions (100%).


Selected book chapters and articles on African philosophy.