Portraitfoto Lindokuhle Shabane

Lindokuhle Shabane

African Philosophy as a Site of Contradictions

When one approaches the history of African philosophy two trends become apparent: The first is non-Africans claiming, ‘unilaterally the right to speak on behalf of the Africans and to define the meaning of experience and truth for them’. The second is Africans resisting and contesting their self-appointed biographers. It is from these two experiences that modern African philosophy was born ( Masolo, 1994). The conditions around the birth of African philosophy can be studied as a site of contradictions, and the philosophical output of African philosophers may be looked at as attempts to liberate themselves from these contradictions. I seek to look at the forms of knowledges that emerged from this narrowly construed intellectual horizon, and its attendant contradictions that shaped African philosophy.

Research interests
  • African philosophy
  • Intellectual history
  • History of philosophy
  • Social history
  • Epistemology
  • Decolonial thinking
  • 2020 – 2021
    University of KwaZulu-Natal: MSS (History).
  • 2019
    University of KwaZulu-Natal: B.A Hons (Philosophy).
  • 2016 – 2018
    University of KwaZulu-Natal: BSS(History and Philosophy).
  • 2021
    Conversational thinking as a method of conceptual decolonization. In: Arumaruka: Journal of conversational thinking. Vol No1. (2021): 79–104.
Talks, Workshops, and Events
  • 2021
    Host and co-organizer Decolonization and curriculum change: which logic should drive the process? Webinar, 22.07.2021, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Events with the RTG

power and resistance

“Michel Foucault says: “Where there is power, there is resistance, and […] this resistance is never in a position of exteriority in relation to power” (History of Sexuality I, The Will to Knowledge, 1976, p. 95)”

Gisela Febel

“Geography as a discipline stands for a certain worlding, if not earthing, of contradiction, in both theoretical and pracitcal respect.”

Julia Lossau
l’illusion d’une unité

“Foucault speaks of contradiction as l’illusion d’une unité.”

Ingo H. Warnke
problem to be solved

“Contradiction is not primarily a problem to be solved but a motor we cannot do without.”

Martin Nonhoff

“According to Niklas Luhmann, space is a ‘special facility to negate contradictions’”.

Julia Lossau