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Keynote Speech

Dismas A. Masolo (University of Louisville)

Prof. Masolo was born and brought up in Kenya. He was awarded a doctoral degree in philosophy at the Università Gregoriana in Rome, Italy. After his studies he taught philosophy at the University of Nairobi and was a member of the sage philosophy project of Henry Odera Oruka. Later he continued his academic career in the United States of America. Today, he is one of the most influential thinkers in the debates on philosophy in Africa.

Prof. Masolo’s research focuses on philosophical traditions as both part and functions of social histories and on the philosophical significance of African cultures and their contributions to philosophical discourses in a global context.

Main Publications:

Self and Community in a Changing World, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2010.
African Philosophy as
Cultural Inquiry, (co-edited with Ivan Karp), Indiana University Press in association with the International African Institute, University of London, 2000.
African Philosophy in Search of Identity
, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, and Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 1994.
Philosophy and Cultures (co-edited with H. Odera‑Oruka), Bookwise Publishers, Nairobi, 1983.

Interkulturelle Philosophie, Kulturtheorie, Kulturphilosophie

Institut für Philosophie
Fakultät für Philosophie und Bildungswissenschaft
Universität Wien

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