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Reason, Culture, and Humanism: The Philosophy of Kwasi Wiredu University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA October 31 - November 1, 2008 For over two decades now, discussions in and on African philosophy have had as much and significant influence on African Studies as it has contributed to new dimensions in the study of culture and in the discipline of philosophy more broadly. The academic endeavors have given African philosophy global recognition in many academic fields. At the center of these discussions has been the relation between reason and culture, a theme that intersects with Twentieth Century pluralists orientations and the emergence of a new humanism in global contexts. Many African scholars, and philosophers especially, have contributed to these influences of African philosophy. While the conference celebrates the philosophical career of Kwasi Wiredu, it also offers an opportunity for scholars in African philosophy to revisit the contributions of African philosophy and other philosophers to the growth of academic knowledge of Africa more broadly.

  • Meeting
When Oct 31, 2008 12:25 PM to
Nov 01, 2008 12:25 PM
Where Ekstrom Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 852-0456
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Friday, 31 October


9:00am - 9:30am   Coffee and Muffins (Ekstrom Library)

9:30am - 10:00am  Welcoming Remarks (Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library)

10:00 am - 10:30am  Coffee Break

10:30am - 12:30am

Concurrent Session 1  (Chao Auditorium)

    • Dr. Dipo Irele, "Kwasi Wiredu and the Invention of Post-Colonial Philosophy"
    • Dr. Roxanne Burton, "Who Am I? Interrogating Afro-Caribbean Identity"
    • Dr. Sirrku Hellesten, "Global Ethics in an African Context: The Kenyan Example"
    • Dr. Chike Jeffers, "Wiredu and the Question of Cultural Nationalism"


Concurrent Session 2  (Ekstrom Library, Room 104)

    • Dr. Jeremy Kelly, "Conceptions of Truth"
    • Dr. Schonfeld Martin, "Wiredu on Amo and the Afro-German Enlightenment"
    • Dr. Albert Mosley, "How Not to Compare African Science with Western Science"
    • Dr. Kibujjo M. Kalumba, "Four Problems with Hallen's Analytic Experiment"


12:30pm - 2:00pm  Lunch (University Club)


2:00pm - 4:00pm  Panel Presentation A  (Chao Auditorium)

    • Dr. Tsenay Serequeberhan, "Post 9/11 Perpetual Peace? A Reading of Kant"
    • Dr. Ifeanyi A. Menkiti, "The Question of Normativity: Wiredu on Kant and the Moral Order"
    • Dr. Barry Hallen, "Customs and Moral Principles in the Context of African Communalism"
    • Dr. Kai Kresse, "Towards More Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Research on Philosophical Traditions"


4:30pm - 5:30pm Keynote Lecture:  Dr. Abiola Irele: "Three Sources of African Thought"  (Chao Auditorium)

5:30pm -   Dinner on own

Saturday, 1 November 

9:00am-9:30am  Coffee and Muffins (Ekstrom Library)

9:30am - 11:30am  Panel Presentation B  (Chao Auditorium)

    • Dr. Jean-Godefory Bidima, "Poesis and Politics of Representation: Some Considerations on Aesthetics and Politics in Africa"
    • Dr. Frederick Ochieng'-Odhiambo, "Sagacity in African Philosophy: A Reply to Some Critics"
    • Dr. Ajume Wingo, "Constitutions as Narratives to Losers"
    • Dr. Kola Abimbola, "Cultural Philosophy"


11:30am - 11:45am  Coffee Break

11:45am - 12:30pm  Dr. Lucius Outlaw: "Kwasi Wiredu's Personal and Philosophical Journeys"  (Chao Auditorium)

12:30pm - 1:30pm  Lunch (University Club)

2:00pm - 3:30pm  Panel Presentation: C  (Chao Auditorium)

    • Dr. Paulin Hountondji, "The Implicit and the Explicit: Making the Paradigm Conscious"
    • Dr. Lewis R. Gordon, "Wiredu and the Transcendental Problem of Cultural Meaning"
    • Dr. Ayotunde Bewaji, "Wiredu in the Global Africana Philosophical Context--An Exploration"

3:30pm - 4:00pm  Coffee Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Dr. Kwasi Wiredu: "Philosophical Reminiscences"  (Chao Auditorium)

7:00pm - 10:00pm  Closing Dinner and Reception (TBA)

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