HAP 15 - Heard it Through the Grapevine - Oral Philosophy in Africa

November 11, 2018

An introduction to the “ethnophilosophy” approach inaugurated by Placide Tempels, its promises and potential pitfalls.


HAP 14 - Souleymane Bachir Diagne on Islam in Africa

October 28, 2018

Peter speaks to Souleymane Bachir Diagne about Islamic scholars in West Africa.


HAP 13 - Renewing the Faith - the Sokoto Caliphate

October 14, 2018

Uthman Dan Fodio and his family were scholars, poets, and warriors whose jihad in 19th century Nigeria created the Sokoto Caliphate.


HAP 12 - From Here to Timbuktu - Subsaharan Islamic Philosophy

September 30, 2018

The spread of Islamic scholarship in subsaharan Africa, focusing on intellectuals of the Songhay empire around the Niger River in the 15th-17th centuries.


HAP 11 - Teodros Kiros on Ethiopian Philosophy

September 16, 2018

Teodros Kiros discusses the history of Ethiopian thought and how it has influenced his own work in political philosophy.


HAP 10 - Think for Yourself - Walda Heywat

September 2, 2018

Walda Heywat’s reaction to the thought of his teacher Zera Yacob, and the dispute over the authenticity of these two Ethiopian philosophers.


HAP 09 - In You I Take Shelter - Zera Yacob

July 22, 2018

The 17th century Ethiopian rationalist Zera Yacob, hailed as the first modern Africana philosopher.


HAP 08 - Solomon, Socrates, and Other Sages - Early Ethiopian Philosophy

July 8, 2018

Philosophy in Ethiopia, with translations of religious and philosophical texts into Ge’ez and a national epic called the Kebra Nagast.


HAP 07 - Richard Parkinson on Egyptian Poetry

June 24, 2018

Egyptioogist Richard Parkinson joins us to talk about the context and meaning of the Eloquent Peasant and other literary works of ancient Egypt.


HAP 06 - Heated Exchanges - Philosophy in Egyptian Narratives and Dialogues

June 10, 2018

Demands for ma’at (justice or truth) and a confrontation with the soul, in the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant and Dispute Between a Man and his Ba.