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Handbook of African Philosophy

Call for Publications

Theme: Handbook of African Philosophy
Subtitle: Traditional and Emerging Subject Areas
Publication: Edited Volume published by Springer
Date: 2019
Deadline: 30.8.2018


African philosophy as an area of research and inquiry has no doubt
emerged and thrived as a vibrant, active and interesting academic
discipline since the 1950s. Volumes of books and journal articles
have been written and numerous conferences and other academic
activities organised on the nature, methods, themes, issues and
problems of African philosophy. In fact, in the last two to three
decades, there has been a tremendous increase in scholarship of
African philosophy. More recently too, Universities and other
tertiary institutions both in African and non-African places such as
in Europe, the United States and Canada are seeking more than ever to
fill some academic positions with persons specialised in and
qualified enough to teach African/Africana philosophy in particular
and non-Western philosophy in general. The interest in African
philosophy in the global academia is no doubt growing and there are
clear evidences that this is a continuous and sustained(able) growth.
But African philosophy like Western philosophy is a very broad area
of inquiry covering a very broad spectrum of discourses with
different subject areas and fields that an injustice is done to it to
think and talk about it in a narrow sense as if it is one sub-field
of say, (Western) philosophy of culture. This narrow understanding of
African philosophy is however the idea that many have about it. In
the relatively small period of time I have researched and taught
African philosophy in Universities (more than a decade),
undergraduate and postgraduate students alike often have this narrow
perception of African philosophy as a short course they need to take
to understand African thought amidst many other courses on different
subject areas of (Western) philosophy. They become amazed and
sometimes lost when you introduce them to different subject areas of
African philosophy such as African ethics, African
metaphysics/ontology, African epistemology, African aesthetic
philosophy, African logic and African philosophy of difference that
it takes a lot of efforts to bring them to speed when compared to the
efforts you expend in doing same when teaching these students Western
philosophy. The same attitude is easily experienced when you first
introduce a non-African scholar in philosophy to African philosophy.

African philosophers therefore still have a lot of work to do in
presenting a clear and accurate picture of African philosophy to
students and researchers of African philosophy and the global
academia. Thankfully, there are now a number of essays and chapters
in edited books that can be subsumed into specific subject areas in
African philosophy such as metaphysics, epistemology, environmental
philosophy, feminism, bioethics, logic, aesthetics, political
philosophy, philosophy of race, philosophy of colonialism and
philosophy of difference. The essays contained in such very recent
volumes as Isaac E. Ukpokolo (Ed.), Themes, Issues and Problems in
African Philosophy (2017); Adeshina Afolayan & Toyin Falola (Eds.),
The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy (2017); and Edwin E.
Etieyibo (Ed.), Method, Substance and the Future of African
Philosophy (2018), readily comes to mind. However, the subject areas
of the contents of these essays are not explicitly stated but are
simply discussed under the heading of African philosophy. This makes
their subject areas more likely to be deciphered by relatively
advanced researchers in African philosophy than undergraduate and
postgraduate students as well as new researchers in African
philosophy. The need to shift focus from researching and discussing
African philosophy as a general subject area to researching and
discussing it within its delimited specific aspects is therefore very
essential. It will promote specialisation in these specific subject
areas in African philosophy and allow a robust and comprehensive
discussion of topics within such specific subject areas such as
ethics, metaphysics and epistemology to ensue. As a necessary
prerequisite to achieving this, it is important that it is clear to
undergraduate and postgraduate students and early researchers in
African philosophy what the different subject areas in African
philosophy are, how they are conceptualised, what the focal issues
within such subject areas are and what future developments within
such areas are envisaged. Such clarifications would pave the way for
further more robust research.

The Handbook of African Philosophy: Traditional and Emerging Subject
Areas is designed and structured as an essential reference material
to fill the obvious gap. The volume attempts to provide an important
reference material for undergraduate and postgraduate students and
early researchers in African philosophy on the nature, scope, themes,
problems and future developments of specific subject areas or fields
of African philosophy.

Three key questions for each chapter

Each chapter of the book should as a matter of necessity focus on
providing answers to three (3) key questions concerning a specific
subject area of African philosophy:

1. What has been the central questions(s) driving the specific
subject area of African philosophy you are writing on (e.g., African
ethics) and what hav been the primary focal points of this field?

2. What are some of the themes and problems discussed under this
subject area and which of them would you be discussing in your
chapter as points of instantiation and illustration?

3. What future directions of thought and development do you think
this specific subject area in African philosophy would experience?

Chapter title and structure

- The title of each chapter should be simple and straight to the
point regarding the specific subject area of African philosophy you
are working on such as ‘African Ethics’, ‘African Epistemology’,
‘African Logic’, and ‘African Philosophy of Communalism’

- Each chapter should have a similar structure consisting of
a. Title
b. Summary
c. Introduction
d. Body (which would consist of various headings as you deem fit)
e. Conclusion
f. References

Suggested Chapters

Suggested chapters for the volume include but are not limited to the following:

- African Metaphysics
- African Epistemology
- African Ethics
- African Logic
- African Political Philosophy
- African Environmental Philosophy
- African Aesthetics
- African Philosophy of Medicine
- African Bioethics
- African Philosophy of Religion
- African Philosophy of Race
- African Philosophy of Colonialism
- African Philosophy of Communalism
- African Philosophy of Language
- African Gender/Feminist Philosophy
- African Philosophy of Difference
- African Philosophy of Disability
- African Philosophy of Culture
- African Philosophy of Music
- African Philosophy of Film
- African Philosophy of Development
- African Philosophy of Education
- African Philosophy of Literature
- African Philosophy of Food
- African Philosophy of Law

Notes for Contributors

Contributions of chapters on any of these areas and similar subject
areas in African philosophy are invited. Manuscript should be
prepared as Microsoft Word document, double-spaced, Time New Roman
font style and font size 12. The first page should contain the title
of chapter, author’s names and affiliation, email address, summary of
the chapter and biographical details of the author. The main work
should be between 7,000 to 10,000 words. The Springer Humanities
Style should be used for referencing.

Manuscript should be sent to:  or

Important dates

Deadline for submission of title and summary only:
August 30, 2018

Notification of accepted topics and abstracts:
September 30, 2018

Deadline for submission of complete paper:
March 15, 2019

Notification of accepted papers/submission to Springer
April 30, 2019

About the Editor

Dr Elvis Imafidon teaches in the Department of Philosophy, Ambrose
Alli University in Nigeria. He is 2017 Writing Fellow of the
Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study (JIAS), University of
Johannesburg, South Africa. His research centres on African ontology,
ethics and African philosophy of difference. He is concerned with the
extent to which African concepts of reality affect the African idea
of the good, and the implications of African ontology for concepts
such as corruption, otherness, disability, difference, personhood and
gender. He is the author of White Skin, Black Race: a Philosophical
Examination of Albinism in Africa (Routledge, Forthcoming 2018), and
The Question of the Rationality of African Traditional Thought: An
Introduction (CreateSpace 2013) He is the editor of Ontologized
Ethics: New Essays in African Meta-ethics (Lexington Books, 2013),
The Ethics of Subjectivity: Perspectives since the Dawn of Modernity
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and The Handbook of African Philosophy of
Difference (Springer, Forthcoming 2018). He is also the editor of the
journal of the Department of Philosophy, Ambrose Alli University,
Nigeria, Ewanlen: A Journal of Philosophical Inquiry.


Dr Elvis Imafidon
Department of Philosophy
Ambrose Alli University
Email:  or