Table of contents

  1. Matthew A. Izibili
  2. Mpho Tshivhase
  3. Josias Tembo, Schalk Gerber

About this book


This handbook explores essential philosophical questions about the experience of difference and the other in African traditional and modern societies. The contributions go beyond a simple discussion of empirical manifestations. They offer a critical analysis of, among other things, the very nature and essence of difference that makes such manifestations possible. Coverage examines the philosophical basis for the African contexts of gender differences, bodily differences and disability; racial, religious, and cultural differences; xenophobia and xenophilia; and issues of the otherings of non-human beings from human beings.

This insightful analysis details the ontological, epistemological, and moral foundations of difference and alterity in African societies, both traditional and modern. Readers will gain a deeper understanding into such questions as: What value is placed on the other in African societies? What is the ethics and burden of care for those considered different in African societies? What role does language play in the othering of the other in African societies?

This exploration offers an vital contribution to the philosophy of difference. It not only shows the importance of place in such theorization. It also contributes significantly to African philosophical discourse. This handbook will interest both undergraduate, postgraduate students, and researchers in such fields as African studies/philosophy, identity and alterity studies in sociology, and feminist and LGBT studies.


Aesthetic Differences African Communalism African Philosophy Anti-Black Racism Epistemology of Intercourse Gender in Africa Identity and Difference Justice and Moral Status Othered Minority Philosophy of Difference Race and Violence The Other and Alterity Xenophobia and Xenophilia

Editors and affiliations

  • Elvis Imafidon
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts, Department of PhilosophyAmbrose Alli UniversityEkpomaNigeria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04941-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-4361
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-437X