n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - David A. Oyedola and the imperative to disambiguate the term "African philosopher" : a conversation from the standpoint of the conversational school of philosophy - the calabar circle (CSP)

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2276-8386
  • E-ISSN: 2408-5987



One of the most enduring questions that survived the Great Debate on African philosophy is the question of the criterion for African philosophy. A number of articles that tend to tackle this controversial question have been published in previous volumes of this journal. The most recent are: Uduma (2014), Segun (2014), Chimakonam (2015b) and Oyedola (2015). The major focus of this work is on how Oyebola's analysis of the criterion question calls for an explicit definition of who an African philosopher is and this shall be done using the standpoint of The Conversational School of Philosophy - The Calabar Circle also known as The Calabar School of Philosophy (CSP) on the criterion for African philosophy as articulated by Chimakonam (2015a, 2015b, 2015c,). My contention is that the discussions in Oyebola's article call for the disambiguation of the term African philosopher and that an adequate understanding of the position of the CSP on the criterion for African philosophy makes it easy to identify who an African philosopher is or should be.

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