African Philosophy: Race, Religion, and Rationality

Course Code
RELA 3559
Oludamini Ogunnaike
Associate Professor

This short course will survey the central debates of the field of African Philosophy: what counts as “African”? what counts as “philosophy”?, the universality or cultural particularity of rationality, the role of race and racism in modern, Western Philosophy, the role of writing and orality in philosophy, and “African” conceptions of the self, truth, knowledge, gender, and ethics, as well as exploring and critiquing different approaches to “African Philosophy”: Ethnophilosophy, Analytic, Phenomenological, Marxist, Sage Philosophy, and Traditionalist. The course will also examine the relevance of these discussions to broader contemporary issues of race, colonialism, white supremacy, racial capitalism, pluralism, justice, and truth.