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Philiminality Oxford is a student-run platform for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary philosophy. We discuss philosophical ideas, thinkers, and approaches which are frequently marginalized in both Anglo-American and “continental” academic circles. We engage with broader horizons of what it means t… read more

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14. Brooh Asmare - The Authenticity of the Hatata from the Perspective of the Cultural History of Ethiopia

November 23rd, 2022


Since the publication of Conti Rossini’s notes on Tekle Haymanot, an Ethiopian Catholic priest and Rossini’s testimony that made the Hatatas are of …

13. Teshome Abera - Zara Yacob's Hatata: Its Historical and Social Reality

November 23rd, 2022


The seventeenth century philosophical work of Zara Yacob, the Hatata, is the result of both internal and external issues that led to controversies. …

12. Henry Straughan & Michael O'Connor - Grace and Reason in the Hatata Zera Yacob

November 23rd, 2022


In this talk, Henry Straughan and Michael O'Connor seek to illuminate the philosophical method of the Ḥatäta Zär’a Ya‛ǝqob. In particular, they trace …

11. John Marenbon - Does it Matter Who Wrote it? Zera Yacob, Forgery and Pseudonymity in the History of Philosophy

November 11th, 2022


Philosophers often talk as if it does not make much difference who wrote a piece of philosophy, when, and where, but only whether the arguments it …

10. Justin E.H Smith - Assessing the Evidence for Zera Yacob's Authenticity from the Point of View of the History of Philosophy

November 11th, 2022


There are several ways by which to approach the question of the authenticity of Zera Yacub's work. One is philological, by careful attention to the …

9. Anke Graness - Of Forgeries and Misinterpretations

November 11th, 2022


This paper discusses the authenticity debate on the Ḥatäta of Zera Yacob and Walda Heywat  from the perspective of a historian of philosophy. From this perspective, the case of the Ḥatäta  and the discourses that …

8. Fasil Merawi - Examining the Hatetas as a Foundation of Ethiopian Philosophy

November 11th, 2022


In this talk Fasil Merawi argues that Ethiopian philosophy is grounded in an illusory foundation that takes the Hatatas as a foundation of philosophical criticism. It is an intellectual exercise that is born from a …

7. Anaïs Wion - The Place of the Hatata in African Philosophy since the 1960s

November 11th, 2022


As initially planned in the series of articles I dedicated to the Hatata (HZY and HWH) in 2013, I would like to examine the roles that these texts …

6. Neelam Srivastava - Italian Colonialism and Orientalism in Ethiopia

November 11th, 2022


This talk examines some aspects of Italy’s colonial relationship with Ethiopia in the 20th century, and how it can be brought to bear to the debate …

5. Eyasu Berento - Zera Yacob and Walda Heywat - 17th C Ethiopia Freethinkers: Exceptionality and Situated-ness of the ‘Hateta’ in the Ethiopian Intellectual Tradition

November 11th, 2022


This paper will assess the nature of the Ethiopian written intellectual tradition (mainly history of ideas), and its relation to the controversy on the authenticity of the texts, and their philosophical significance for …

3. Binyam Mekonnen - Critique and Emancipation in the Religious Sphere: the Däqiqä Ǝsṭifanos as a Foundation of Ethiopian Critical Theory

November 11th, 2022


The Däqiqä Ǝsṭifanos is one of the medieval Ethiopian texts which predates the Hatatas of  Zär’a Ya‛ǝqob and his disciple, containing profound ideas regarding the relationship between the public and private spheres, the …

2. Peter Adamson -The Place of Ethiopian Philosophy in the History of Philosophy

November 11th, 2022


In this talk Peter Adamson will attempt to set a context for the other contributions in the volume, by discussing the whole phenomenon of philosophy …

1. Ralph Lee - Reflections on Translating the Hatata into English

November 11th, 2022


In making a new translation into English of the Hatata I have developed some reflections on the work, its authorship, and its context. In particular …

0. In Search of Zera Yacob Conference - Jonathan Egid, Lea Cantor, Justin Holder; Introductory Remarks

November 11th, 2022


Introductory remarks for the In Search of Zera Yacob Conference, contextualising the aims and intentions of the conference, the texts of the Ḥatäta Zär’a Ya‛ǝqob and the Ḥatäta Walda Heywat themselves and their …

Ellie Robson

December 20th, 2021


The history of philosophy is a history of men talking to men, about other men. Our answer to the question ‘What is philosophy for?’ has been shaped by this historical narrative. My talk explores an answer to this …

Sharon Stein, "The Challenges and Possibilities of Decolonizing Higher Education in VUCA Times"

December 20th, 2021


Discussions about the decolonization of philosophy take place within the wider context of efforts to interrupt inherited hierarchies of knowledge and …

TAN Sor-Hoon, “Confucian Democracy and the Analects”

May 31st, 2021


There has been a lively debate over the relationship of Confucianism to democracy. Samuel Huntington’s dismissal of Confucian democracy as an oxymoron has been overtaken by a variety of different proposals on whether or …

Li Chenyang, "Li as Cultural Grammar: On the Relation between Li and Ren in Confucius' Analects"

May 17th, 2021


A major controversy in the study of the Analects has been over the relation between the two central concepts of li (rites, rituals of propriety) and ren (humanity, human excellence). Confucius seems to have said …

Stephen C. Angle, “The Analects and Modern Moral Philosophy”

May 13th, 2021


This talk explores the advantages and disadvantages of viewing the Analects through the lens of contemporary moral theory. It looks in particular at …

Barbara Jikai Gabrys, “Zen and Science: The Search for Meaning”

November 10th, 2019


There is an apparent  contradiction between Zen way of life and scientific studies of nature.  However, on the fundamental level they have in common search for  reality: through critical examination of facts, acceptance …

Livia Kohn, “The Daoist Dimensions of Tai Chi”

November 10th, 2019


Tai Chi is a popular method of self-cultivation and health enhancement that goes back to a 17th-century combination of martial arts and healing …

Adrian Kreutz, "The Soteriology of Contradiction"

November 10th, 2019


Contradictions (and, arguably, the acceptance thereof) pervade Buddhist  Philosophy. What is the point of those contradictions? In this talk, I …

Graham Parkes, “Being-Here: There’s No App for That”

November 10th, 2019


The purpose of many  computer products in the area of information and communications  technology is to capture the user’s attention, distract it from …

Elisabeth Huh, "Unifying The Eating-Disordered Soul: Treating Anorexia Nervosa Through Ancient Greek Ethics and Psychoanalysis."

November 10th, 2019


A growing number of philosophers are recognizing the value of  psychoanalysis in enriching our understanding of rational psychic  integration—a central task within the Platonic-Aristotelian ethical  tradition. Here, I …

Christopher Gill: “Stoic therapy of emotions and modern cognitive psychotherapy”

November 10th, 2019


It is well-known that Stoic  ideas about ethical guidance and the therapy of emotion influenced the  formation of modern cognitive therapy. This paper outlines those links  and also explores how far the two practices …

Maria Victoria Salazar: "Recalibrating the Demos: Unknowing through Zen Kōans and Platonic Dialogues"

November 10th, 2019


Zen kōans serve a didactic function within the institution of Buddhist  schools, with teachers using them to help their pupils reach  enlightenment. …

Amber Carpenter, “Ideals and Ethical Formation, or Confessions of a Buddhist Platonist”

November 10th, 2019


Buddhist ethics shares with  Plato a rationalist orientation in the weak but crucial sense that a  correct view of reality is the final goal, and that seeking and  attaining this goal is transformative. This implies a …

Derek van Zoonen, "Plato's Therapy of Pleasure"

November 10th, 2019


It is well-known that modern strands of psychotherapy—like  Beck’s cognitive-behavioural therapy or Ellis’ rational emotive  therapy—have been influenced by the Stoics and their take on the nature  of emotions. It is …

Katja Vogt, “No More This Than That”

November 10th, 2019


In the Theaetetus,  Plato ascribes a metaphysics to relativism according to which there are  no stable objects or properties. In effect, the world …

Graham Priest, “Buddhism, Philosophy, Therapy”

November 10th, 2019


Buddhist philosophy starts  life, in the shape of the “Four Noble Truths” (Catvāri Āryasatyāni),  with an analysis of the somewhat unhappy human condition, its ground,  and what to do about it. Over the next two …

Ana Laura Funes, "Joy as Medicine? Yogavāsiṣṭha on the Affective Sources of Disease"

November 10th, 2019


According to the psychosomatic model found in the Yogavāsiṣtha, it is through the cultivation of joy—understood as the blissful tranquility of the …

Jessica Frazier, “You are What you Know: Becoming the Cosmos in Ancient India”

November 10th, 2019


Some of India's earliest  philosophy in the Upanisads relied on an implicit theory of knowledge  that saw the mind as a malleable material that 'becomes' what it knows.  We look at how this theory, when it meets the …

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