HAP 17 - Event Horizon - African Philosophy of Time

December 9, 2018

John Mbiti’s influential and controversial claim that traditional Africans experience time as having “a long past, a present, and virtually no future.”


HAP 16 - Samuel Imbo on Okot p’Bitek and Oral Traditions

November 25, 2018

A conversation with Sam Imbo on approaching oral traditions as philosophy and the Ugandan thinker and poet Okot p'Bitek.


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.