Abosede Priscilla Ipadeola

Abosede Priscilla Ipadeola

Dr Abosede Ipadeola

Dr. Abosede Priscilla Ipadeola is a feminist African philosopher who has taught philosophy, particularly African philosophy, for almost two decades. She conducted her doctoral research in the areas of political philosophy and feminist philosophy.  As a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral research fellowship in Germany, her postdoctoral research focused on African philosophy and gender studies.  Her new publication is titled Feminist African Philosophy: Women and the Politics of Difference (Routledge, 2023). Her research interests include global political philosophy, African philosophy, gender studies, epistemology, and postcolonial studies.

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Challenging Androcentrism: The Imperative of a Gender-inclusive African Philosophy
March 25, 2023 | 9:00 AM

African philosophy challenges the notion that Africans are incapable of critical thinking. While such views are no longer prominent in academia, there is a growing need to re-examine fundamental ideas of African philosophy. One such concern is the androcentric nature of African philosophy, which marginalizes women's perspectives and experiences. This seminar explores the extent to which African philosophy has incorporated or deviated from gender-inclusive perspectives. Through an analysis of different aspects of African philosophy, I highlight the need to challenge androcentrism in African philosophy and to develop a more gender-inclusive approach that recognizes and values the contributions of women to African philosophical discourse. Additionally, a gender-inclusive African philosophy critiques patriarchal cultural traditions and colonial bequests that reinforce African women's marginalization and suppression. I also argue that a gender-inclusive approach to African philosophy is not only necessary but imperative for the growth and development of African philosophy. By challenging androcentrism, African philosophy can foster more diverse perspectives and ideas, ultimately enriching its discourse. Moreover, a gender-inclusive approach will promote gender equality, advance social justice, and contribute to the broader project of decolonizing African thought.

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