Orality in Philosophy

Prof. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (WoC Guest Professor), Prof. Anke Graneß (U Freiburg), Lindokuhle Shabane & Prof. Norman Sieroka (RTG Contradiction Studies)

06/06/2024 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

U Bremen CART 067 & online

The role of orality in philosophy is an old and intriguing topic. Some have claimed that philosophy cannot exist as an oral tradition because sophisticated thought presupposes a written form. Others (including Plato) have claimed that writing destroys memory. Still others have formulated central statements in catchy aphorisms and proverbs that are easy to memorise and immediately invite you to unfold their meaning: „You cannot enter the same river twice.“ Fortunately, however, we can enter into discussion with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Anke Graneß & Lindokuhle Shabane, to unfold the role of orality in philosophy, especially in an African context where oral traditions have always played a crucial role.

Prof. Dr. Souleyman Bachir Diagne | WoC International Guest Professor
Prof. Anke Graneß | U Freiburg
Lindokuhle Shabane | RTG Contradiction Studies

Prof. Norman Sieroka | RTG Contradiction Studies

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sustained engagement

“The history of Western philosophy can be understood as a sustained engagement with contradiction.”

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