Generative Ruptures and Moments of Confluence

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Helen Verran


What happens when a gallery space dedicated to exhibiting European art is interrupted by introducing African art objects? This essay reviews a temporary exhibition that introduced works of art from Africa, the property of Berlin’s Ethnologisches Museum, into the exhibition space of the Bode Museum, whose collection consists of European art objects from the Classical to the Baroque periods. I offer a reading that is quite different than the curators’, proposing art museums as institutions where philosophies are expressed in the form of art objects.

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Verran, H. (2019). Generative Ruptures and Moments of Confluence. Journal of World Philosophies, 4(2), 55–60. Retrieved from
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Helen Verran

Helen Verran is currently a visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin ( She holds the position of University Professorial Fellow in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Societies, Charles Darwin University in Australia’s Northern Territory. Before taking up that position she spent 25 years teaching history and philosophy of science at University of Melbourne. Chicago University Press published her prizewinning Science and an African Logic in 2001.