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Nathaniel...... I still wonder how this situation has gone on for so long. For years, UK universities have offered philosophy courses. Welcomed international students onto their campuses. Gladly collected their increased tuition fees but failed to admit their rich, global philosophical schools of thought through their front gates and into their curriculum. This does not make sense to me. Historically there has been an exchange of knowledge, ideas and cultures globally. Philosophy transcends international borders. Is it even possible to draw clear distinctions given the constant borrowing? Asian, Middle Eastern and African philosophy needs to be included on philosophy courses, either as modules or as seperate options to focus on. It is these philosophies (along with the European) that has influenced global historical events....the world we live in. The histories of African countries did not begin with slavery. We had ancient philosophy which was embedded (in different ways) into the fabric of communal lives. From the bite sized moral lessons imparted via proverbs to laws, politics and ways of governing. Before the pro slavery propaganda machine got into full swing, European visitors to African countries (in the early stages) acknowledged their cultures, laws and forms of governance. African ambassadors visited Europe and vice versa. Some African leaders were multilingual and could speak and write European languages. In some cases, African concepts and symbols were so familiar to the European visitors that they thought that it must have been imported from Europe by an earlier visitor (eg Prestor John). It is a pity to think that there was a window of opportunity in which Europe had the chance to be exposed to different African philosophies. Ways of living and thinking about the world. This knowledge exchange would have been a powerful force on the world stage. This opportunity has, in some cases, been lost due to slavery and colonialism. African philosophy has been revitalised since the 1920s by returning scholars from Europe fed up with the kind of stereotypical / racist philosophy mentioned in your interview. Philosophers such As, Julius Nyerere, Mogobe ramose, Leopold Senghor, kwasi wiredu etc also have valuable contributions to make. As well as Asian, middle eastern etc Philosophy is not stationary, it should constantly evolve. Featured philosophers (in courses) should reflect this global evolution from past to present. Maybe philosophy courses should start to work in a more multidisciplinary way with other departments like history, African /Asian/ Middle Eastern studies etc. Drawing from the latest research, philosophical theories and concepts from around the world in a thematic way. By drawing this issue into the light, Nathaniel can help to spearhead a new development in UK provision of philosophy. A movement that may result in the UK being world class leaders in philosophical study and research. Where there's a will, there is a way because....... 'A man who knows only the stream in his village cannot believe that vast oceans exist' - Zambian proverb 'Wisdom does not reside in one head alone' - Ghanian proverb Comment posted by Ame
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