October 1, 2014, a talk by Souleymane Bachir Diagne, in dialogue with Vincent Debaene.
Souleymane Bachir Diagne discusses his latest book, L’Encre des savants (The Ink of the Scholars), which examines African philosophy and the rich literature it has produced. That literature is presented and discussed through four major questions: ontology and African art, orality and literacy, the concept of time, and African socialisms and human rights.
Souleymane Bachir Diagne is Professor of French and Philosophy at Columbia University. His research interests include the history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, and African philosophy and literature. His books include Comment philosopher en Islam, Islam and the Open Society: Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal, and Bergson postcolonial: L’élan vital dans la pensée de Léopold Sédar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal.
Vincent Debaene is Associate Professor of French at Columbia.
Co-sponsored by the Columbia Maison Française, Institute of African Studies, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Department of Philosophy and Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.
Q&A from 1:04:10.