Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Paragraph, 2011


Claude Imbert often declares that the activity of philosophy now needs to be in line with the teachings of anthropology. In her book Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the very fact that the last course of the author of Phenomenology of Perception, questioning ‘The Possibility of Philosophy’, sketched out ‘the anthropological outline of an intellectual activity unburdened by any a priori’ [les contours anthropologiques d’un activité intellectuelle délestée de tout a priori] is considered by her as more evidence for such a necessity. My contribution explores the meaning of Claude Imbert’s affirmation that today the possibility of philosophy is deeply connected with anthropological knowledge. It will, in particular, confront such an affirmation with the debate among African philosophers, concerning the relationship between philosophical activity and ethnography.

View the paper hereFrom the Tower of Babel to the Ladder of Jacob: Claude Imbert Reading Merleau-Ponty