Memoirs of a Black (Male) South African Philosopher
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To practice philosophy is to be part of a conversation, and this autobiography is a conversation about Mabogo Percy More’s experiences as a black African philosopher in South Africa. Not only is this a conversation about philosophy, but it is also a conversation with philosophy as a profession, its interlocutors, and the philosophical canon (i.e., its concepts, methodology, manuscripts). Moreover, it is an account of the philosophers both living (such as Lewis Gordon, Charles W. Mills, and Tendayi Sithole) and dead (such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Steve Bantu Biko, and William E. B. DuBois) who have informed More’s worldview, matched with his lived experience. More specifically, as he himself says, this is “an autobiography of a black philosopher in apartheid and (post)apartheid South Africa and its academic institutions” (vii).
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