What Is Conversational Philosophy? A Prescription of a New Theory and Method of Philosophising, in and Beyond African Philosophy


  • Jonathan Okeke Chimakonam Jonathan O. Chimakonam PhD Philosophy, University of Calabar Area Editor: African Philosophy Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://www.iep.utm.edu/eds/ http://csp.unical.edu.ng/pages/iep/ Editor: Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ft/index Editor: Atuolu Omalu: Some Unanswered Questions in Contemporary African Philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)Just released Author: Arguments and Clarifications: A Philosophical Encounter between J. O. Chimakonam and M. I. Edet on the Ibuanyidandaness of Complementary Ontology...with Dr. M. I. Edet (2014) Author: Njikoka Amaka: Further Discussions on the Philosophy of Integrative Humanism (A Contribution to African and Intercultural Philosophies)... with Prof. G. O. Ozumba (2014) Editor: Existence and Consolation: Reinventing Ontology, Gnosis and Values in African Philosophy (by Ada Agada) Paragon House (2015) Convenor: The Calabar School of Philosophy (CSP) http://csp.unical.edu.ng




Conversational philosophy, Africa, African philosophy, intercultural philosophy, conversationalism


In this paper I discuss the meaning of the theory of conversational philosophy. I show that its background inspiration is derived from an under-explored African notion of relationship or communion or interdependence. I argue that conversational philosophy forms a theoretic framework on which most ethical, metaphysical and epistemological discourses in African philosophy—and by African philosophers—could be grounded. I call this framework the method of conversationalism. I unveil some of its basic principles and show its significance in and beyond African philosophy.


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Chimakonam, Jonathan Okeke. 2017. “What Is Conversational Philosophy? A Prescription of a New Theory and Method of Philosophising, in and Beyond African Philosophy”. Phronimon 18:115-30. https://doi.org/10.25159/2413-3086/2874.



Research Articles
Received 2017-07-02
Accepted 2017-12-08
Published 2018-01-17