‘Is there Western Philosophy?’ a discussion with Lucy Allais and Eusebius McKaiser

Monday, 8 May, 2017 - 17:00

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Please note the unusual 5:00pm start time for this event.

The Ghanaian-British philosopher Anthony Appiah has recently argued that there is no such thing as western civiliisation. In this discussion Lucy Allais will present reasons for thinking that there are a number of problems with the notion of western Philosophy and that these need to be taken seriously in thinking about decolonizing the curriculum. She argues that the account of western philosophy that has, at least in the past few hundred years, been taken by European and north American philosophers as their tradition involves claiming for themselves ideas to which it is not obvious that they have proprietary rights, and that rejecting methodologies and topics as western is in danger of wrongly recognising these wrongful claims.

Eusebius McKaiser will chair and start the discussion.

Drinks and Snacks will be served from 4:30pm and we ask those attending to please RSVP to Najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za by 11am on Friday, May 5.

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