n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die uitdaging van kulturele diversiteit vir die doseer van filosofie

Volume 43, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The western philosopher teaches philosophy within a western cultural context. Meaningful cross-cultural communication in the class is only possible if the authenticity, identity and dignity of individuals of all cultures are respected. Apart from divergences there are also cultural universals including the fact that all humans share a common rationality and dignity. The lecturer must take different cultures seriously. Three models to account for cultural diversity, Afrocentrism as well as the issue of equal value of cultural inputs are examined. The relevance of universal theoretical values does not imply essentialism or Eurocentrism. The challenges of diversity are answered by the fusion of cultural horizons in which cultures are transformed.

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