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EAA Global Lecture Series/ 東京大学東アジア藝文書院 EAAグローバルレクチャーシリーズ “The Nonhuman in African Philosophy"

2021.12.20(Mon) Closing Date 2021.12.20(Mon) 18:30 General Public Facebook Twitter Line

Event Overview

EAA グローバル・レクチャー・シリーズは、複数の文化・言語・分野との接触・交わりを通して様々な問いを探究してきた研究者を世界各地から招き、ゲストが今、何を問うのかをテーマにした講義シリーズです。
EAA Global Lecture Series invites guest speakers from across the world and disciplines to talk about research questions that they have now, so to provide opportunities to get to know various perspectives arising from the researchers’ rich cultural, linguistic, and academic experience.

EAA Global Lecture Series #4:
“The Nonhuman in African philosophy” by Professor Alena Rettová
“I know of no African philosopher who has not argued that African philosophy is humanistic,” states Lewis R. Gordon, and goes on to define humanism as “a value system that places priority on the welfare, worth, and dignity of human beings” (2008: 186). Gordon derives “African humanism” from the ontological hierarchy inherent in African cosmologies, which places God on top, followed by spiritual beings, ancestors, and then humans. Animals, plants and inanimate nature follow in rank after humans. On the other hand, many African philosophers situate the root of “African humanism” in social practice. This is the case of “Ubuntu”, literally “humanity” or even “humanism”, seen as a fundamental philosophy common to all Africa (Ramose 1999). “Ubuntu” is a philosophy built on two pillars, a normative understanding of humanity and a constitutive role of community in the formation of humanity.

Against this presentation of African Philosophy, my paper interrogates the conceptualizations of the nonhuman in African thought. Drawing on philosophical insights found in precolonial texts in African languages, the paper demonstrates how these insights translate into contemporary narratives in and about Africa and how pivotal historical events of modern African history have been understood and articulated within the conceptual frameworks projected by such precolonial textual traditions.

Presenter Bio

Professor Alena Rettová

Professor at University of Bayreuth

Alena Rettová is Professor of African and Afrophone Philosophies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where she leads an ERC-funded project on “Philosophy and Genre: Creating a Textual Basis for African Philosophy”. She is the author of African Philosophy: History, Trends, Problems (Czech 2001); Afrophone Philosophies: Reality and Challenge, 2007; Chanter l’existence: La poésie de Sando Marteau et ses horizons philosophiques (French 2013); and We Hold on to the Word of Lizard. A Small Anthology of Zimbabwean Ndebele Writing (ed., Czech and English 2004).

Information

Time & date(s) 2021.12.20(Mon)
19:00 ~ (JST/ 日本時間)/ 11:00 ~ (CST/ 中央ヨーロッパ時間)
Venue Online (Zoom)
Who should participate 学内外で関心のある方はどなたでもご参加いただけます
Language English/ 英語
Advance Registration Required
Registration To join this event, please register to attend.
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlcuqgqjwrGdzhkzu8r8d060l6CZIDzqVL
Cost Free
URL https://www.eaa.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/events/global-lecture4/
Hosted by East Asian Academy for New Liberal Arts (EAA) & Go Global Gateway (GGG), The University of Tokyo
Contact For event enquiries, please contact
m.kataoka*eaa.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp (Please replace *with @)
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