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

decolonial scholarship

“Creating decentralizing and decolonizing scholarship on contradiction, contradictory phenomena, and contradicting processes is a challenging task.”

Kerstin Knopf
Is contradiction eurocentric?

“Is contradiction a eurocentric concept, operational phenomenon, and instrument of power?”

Kerstin Knopf
diversity and plurality

“Join us to create more diversity and plurality in knowledge production.”

Gisela Febel
name contradiction

“Contradiction becomes real where someone names contradiction.”

Ingo H. Warnke

“Contradictions need to be articulated in order to exist.”

Martin Nonhoff