African Philosophy in Ethiopia: Ethiopian Philosophical Studies, II (2013)

Gail Presbey
University of Detroit Mercy
After introducing the reader to the larger project of Claude Sumner, S.J., who gathered medieval and early modern Ethiopian philosophical texts written in Ge'ez and provided them in English translation, and then gave his own analysis of the texts, the article goes on to raise the need to engage in a feminist critique of at least one of the texts called "The Teachings and Maxims of Skendes." This particular text imparts wisdom to men, cautioning them to beware of women. Thus, the paper raises the issue, what should be the response of women to philosophical projects of men that define wisdom in this way?
Keywords African philosophy  wisdom  Ethiopia  Claude Sumner  feminism
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