Friday, October 23, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
The Center for the Core Curriculum
“Decolonizing Philosophy”: what does it mean and how to do it? Professor Diagne will reflect on these questions with a focus on the transfer and the appropriations of Greek philosophy in the Middle Ages through multiple routes to Bagdad, Nishapur, Cordoba, Toledo, and also to Fez in Morocco and Timbuktu in West Africa. How does the translation of philosophical questions from one language to the other help us pluralize the history of philosophy and rethink the notion of “universalism”? Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a distinguished philosopher and literary scholar, whose work has covered the history of logic and mathematics, epistemology, philosophy in the Islamic world and modern France, identity formation, and African philosophies. A professor in the Departments of French and Philosophy at Columbia University since 2008, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work. His most recent publications include The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa (2016), Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition (2018), Postcolonial Bergson (2019) and In Search of Africa(s): Universalism and Decolonial Thought (2020).