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Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 32, 2018

Philosophical Traditions in Africa

Michael Cloete
Pages 9-14

Wonder, (African) Philosophy and Modernity

Philosophers generally accept that the experience of wonder is the originating source of philosophy. Although the sources of wonder are (correctly) assumed to be historically contingent and diverse, this assumption seems to lose its credibility when the question of the universal arises. As a result, Western philosophy is paraded all over the world as the normative foundation of all philosophy, to the disregard of “Other” (especially African) philosophical traditions that originate in different sources of wonder. This paper explores some of the implications of the philosophical displacement of the African source of wonder from the perspective of (Western) modernity.