St Augustine College of South Africa - Public Lecture: Prof Bruce B JANZ (15 Sept 2015)
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Public Lecture: Prof Bruce B JANZ
"Dialogue, as a concept, is often seen as both central to
and a prerequisite for philosophical understanding,
especially across cultural divides.
There are, though, ambiguities and problems
with the use of the concept.
I wish to reposition dialogue from being
a force for unity and transcendence
(the classic Platonic understanding of dialogue),
to being a force for distinction and immanence.
Dialogue is the creator of concepts
rather than the establisher of identities.
African philosophy, I will argue, provides
a useful and instructive space in which to rethink dialogue.
It allows us to see some gaps
and questions in conceptions of dialogue,
and enables us to see the Western heritage of the concept.
Dialogue remains a concept with currency,
but it will likely not accomplish what we usually think it can."
Prof Bruce B Janz
St Augustine's Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB
*** Free of charge, although a cash donation
to St Augustine would be appreciated
Professor JANZ is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy (and Co-Director of the Center for Humanities & Digital Research Graduate Faculty, Texts and Technology Ph.D. Programme) at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, U.S.A. He has been at UCF since 2003, and was chair of the Philosophy department from 2008 to 2013. Previously he was at Augustana University College (now the Augustana Faculty of University of Alberta), in Alberta, Canada. His Ph.D. is from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has taught in Canada, the US, Kenya, and South Africa. His research interests include contemporary African Philosophy, Postcolonial Thought, Contemporary Cultural Theory & Aesthetics and Digital Humanities.