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Jonathan O Chimakonam
University of Pretoria
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University of Calabar
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    Ezumezu: A System of Logic for African Philosophy and Studies.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2019 - Cham, Switzerland: Springer Verlag.
    The issue of a logic foundation for African thought connects well with the question of method. Do we need new methods for African philosophy and studies? Or, are the methods of Western thought adequate for African intellectual space? These questions are not some of the easiest to answer because they lead straight to the question of whether or not a logic tradition from African intellectual space is possible. Thus in charting the course of future direction in African philosophy and studies, (...)
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    African Philosophy and Global Epistemic Injustice.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2017 - Journal of Global Ethics 13 (2):120-137.
    In this paper, I consider how the discourse on global epistemic justice might be approached differently if some contributions from the African philosophical place are taken seriously. To be specific, I argue that the debate on global justice broadly has not been global. I cite as an example, the exclusion or marginalisation of African philosophy, what it has contributed and what it may yet contribute to the global epistemic edifice. I point out that this exclusion is a case of epistemic (...)
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    African Metaphysics, Epistemology and a New Logic: A Decolonial Approach to Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam & L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya - 2021 - Springer Verlag.
    This book focuses on African metaphysics and epistemology, and is an exercise in decoloniality. The authors describe their approach to "decoloniality" as an intellectual repudiation of coloniality, using the method of conversational thinking grounded in Ezumezu logic. Focusing specifically on both African metaphysics and African epistemology, the authors put forward theories formulated to stimulate fresh debates and extend the frontiers of learning in the field. They emphasize that this book is not a project in comparative philosophy, nor is it geared (...)
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    Transforming the African Philosophical Place Through Conversations: An Inquiry Into the Global Expansion of Thought.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2015 - South African Journal of Philosophy 34 (4):462-479.
  5. Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions.Jonathan Chimakonam - 2014 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 3 (1):1-167.
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    New Conversations on the Problems of Identity, Consciousness and Mind.Aribiah Attoe, Samuel Segun, Uti Egbai & Jonathan Chimakonam - 2019 - Springer Verlag.
    This book introduces concepts in philosophy of mind and neurophilosophy. Inside, three scholars offer approaches to the problems of identity, consciousness, and the mind. In the process, they open new vistas for thought and raise fresh controversies to some of the oldest problems in philosophy. The first chapter focuses on the identity problem. The author employs an explanatory model he christened sense-phenomenalism to defend the thesis that personal identity is something or a phenomenon that pertains to the observable/perceptible aspect of (...)
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    Can Individual Autonomy and Rights Be Defended in Afro-Communitarianism?Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (2):122-141.
    I argue that individual autonomy and rights can be defended but only in African or qualified version of communitarianism. I posit that there are two possible versions of communitarianism: the qualified or the African and the unqualified or the version discussed mostly by Western scholars. I show that Ifeanyi Menkiti, Kwame Gyekye, Michael Eze and Bernard Matolino have formulated communitarian theories of right in African philosophy. I explain that while Menkiti and Gyekye erroneously employed the unqualified version in their proposals, (...)
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    Can the Philosophy Curriculum Be Africanised? An Examination of the Prospects and Challenges of Some Models of Africanisation.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2016 - South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (4):513-522.
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    Addressing the Problem of Mass Poverty in the Sub-Saharan Africa: Conversational Thinking as a Tool for Inclusive Development.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2019 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 8 (1):141-161.
    I argue that one way in which a problem such as mass poverty in the sub-Saharan Africa can be addressed is through inclusive development, which is a pro poor, pro all, programme. However, it appears that the theoretical framework that can deliver the values of inclusive development has yet to be clearly sorted out. This is because, while bringing together all actors and factors, inclusive development should not subsume individual endowments to collective values. I fault Amartya Sen’s Capabilities approach which (...)
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  10. History of African Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2017 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
    History of African Philosophy This article traces the history of systematic African philosophy from the early 1920s to date. In Plato’s Theaetetus, Socrates suggests that philosophy begins with wonder. Aristotle agreed. However, recent research shows that wonder may have different subsets. If that is the case, which specific subset of wonder inspired the beginning of … Continue reading History of African Philosophy →.
     
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    Examining the Logical Argument of the Problem of Evil From an African Perspective.Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Amara Esther Chimakonam - forthcoming - Religious Studies:1-14.
    We argue that the problem of evil, logically, stems from the unequal binary that characterizes the bivalent structure of Western discourses in the philosophy of religion. This structure pits God against the devil, but also the value of good against evil they are believed to represent. The difficulty is that those who subscribe to creationism, for example, hold that God as an omniscient, omnipotent, and morally perfect entity created everything. Ironically, this must include evil or the devil himself. If one (...)
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    African Philosophy.Edwin Etieyibo & Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2016 - Philosophia Africana 18 (1):1-7.
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    Eight Practical Issues in Contemporary African Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Munamato Chemhuru - 2022 - In Jonathan O. Chimakonam, Edwin Etieyibo & Ike Odimegwu (eds.), Essays on Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy. Springer Verlag. pp. 1-26.
    In this chapter, we revisit some of these central and unresolved practical problems facing contemporary African philosophy. We have identified racism, poverty, religion, gender, Afrophobia, sexuality, democracy and environment as some of the topical and contentious issues in post-colonial sub-Saharan Africa. Although these issues have been extensively dealt with in the literature in philosophy in general, they have largely been understood from different Western philosophical persuasions. Even though some African philosophers have considered these issues, there is still a lack of (...)
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    African Philosophy of Religion From a Global Perspective.Luis Cordeiro-Rodrigues & Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2022 - Filosofia Theoretica 11 (1):1-7.
    In this essay, we explore what the African Philosophy of Religion would look like from both a mono-disciplinary and comparative perspectives. To do this, a few concepts such as Gods, ancestorhood, relationality, and the problem of evil that appear in the essays in this special issue will be highlighted. Our aim here is not to provide a lengthy and rigorous analysis of the field of African Philosophy of Religion or even some of its main concepts, but to offer a platform (...)
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    Indigenous African Religions (IARs) and the Relational Value of Tolerance: Addressing the Evil of Violent Conflicts in Africa.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2022 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 11 (1):97-114.
    This essay argues that the inherent value of Indigenous African Religions, which ensures that the belief in different gods does not eclipse the fact of common humanity might be of importance to contemporary Africa plagued by ceaseless conflicts. The IAR ideology contrasts, for example, with that of Christianity which views the Christian God as the one true God and regards those who worship a different God as pagans and gentiles. It also contrasts with the ideology of Islam, which views Allah (...)
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    Why the ‘Politics’ Against African Philosophy Should Be Discontinued.Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Victor Clement Nweke - 2018 - Dialogue 57 (2):277-301.
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  17. Atuolu Omalu: Some Unanswered Questions in Contemporary African Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam (ed.) - 2014 - Upa.
    That African philosophy began with frustration and not with wonder as it is in Western tradition is a radical statement with far-reaching implications. Implications that are, as challenging as they are intellectually refreshing thus reinvigorating interest in the African discourse. As the discipline of African philosophy vitiated in the post debate disillusionment met with a new generation critical fire; methodic, technical and theoretic demands and issues unresolved in the old order surface. Old questions re-emerge with new and daunting toga while (...)
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  18. Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy.Jonathan Chimakonam (ed.) - forthcoming
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  19. Contemporary Language, Logic, and Metaphysics: African and Western Approaches (Tentative Title).Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Monique Whitaker (eds.) - forthcoming
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    Essays on Contemporary Issues in African Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam, Edwin Etieyibo & Ike Odimegwu (eds.) - 2021 - Springer Verlag.
    This volume is a collection of chapters about contemporary issues within African philosophy. They are issues African philosophy must grapple with to demonstrate its readiness to make a stand against some of the challenges society faces in the coming decade such as xenophobia, Afro-phobia, extreme poverty, democratic failure and migration. The text covers new methodical directions and there is focus on the conversationalist, complementarist and consolationist movements within the field as well as the place of the Indigenous Knowledge System.The collection (...)
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    Editorial Introduction: Why We Should Explore the Metaphysical, Epistemological and Logical Dimensions of African Philosophy.Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2018 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (3):1-8.
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    Afro-Communitarianism and the Question of Rights.Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Victor C. A. Nweke - 2018 - Theoria 65 (157):78-99.
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    What is This Thing Called the System of Conversational Thinking (SCT)? A Reply to Critics.Jonathan Chimakonam - 2021 - Arụmarụka 1 (2):137-168.
    This essay is an attempt to address some concerns raised in rejoinders to my theory. I summarise the main concerns in the question, “What is this thing called the System of Conversational Thinking?” Three respectable colleagues, Chad Harris, Bruce Janz and Bernard Matolino have articulated some critical questions, which they hope that in addressing them, I would come to improve the System of Conversational Thinking considerably. In this essay, I would reply to their criticisms, but more specifically, I would clarify (...)
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    The Value of Conversational Thinking in Building a Decent World.Jonathan O. Chimakonam & Uti Ojah Egbai - 2016 - Dialogue and Universalism 26 (4):105-117.
    In this paper we focus on conversational thinking to demonstrate the value of public reasoning in building a decent world and true democracies. We shall take into account the views of selected scholars, especially John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas, on law and democratic practice, to explain why post-colonial Africa is weighed down by sociopolitical hegemonies that have aversion to their opposition and eliminate room for strong institutions, rule of law and human rights. In light of conversational thinking, this eliminates any (...)
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    Philosophy and Economic Injustice in Nigeria.Jonathan O. Chimakonam, Irem Moses Ogah & Mulumba Obiajulu - 2014 - Philosophy Study 4 (7).
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    African Philosophy of Religion From a Global Perspective: Deities, Ancestors, Relationality and the Problem of Evil.Luís Cordeiro-Rodrigues & Jonathan O. Chimakonam - 2022 - Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 11 (1):1-8.
    In this essay, we explore what the African Philosophy of Religion would look like from both a mono-disciplinary and comparative perspectives. To do this, a few concepts such as Gods, ancestorhood, relationality, and the problem of evil that appear in the essays in this special issue will be highlighted. Our aim here is not to provide a lengthy and rigorous analysis of the field of African Philosophy of Religion or even some of its main concepts, but to offer a platform (...)
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