Questioning the rise of ‘African philosophy’ porn

When philosophy doesn’t bother, then, it has missed its goals

Laurence Devillairs published her recent book at PUF (les Presses universitaires de France) under the title ‘Guérir la vie par la philosophie’, translated as ‘Curing life through philosophy ‘. Philosophy is for everyone among us, it can even relieve us and even cure us, she notes. Philosophy provides us a medicine. Not remedy that advocates for simple solutions, but one that enables us to face the storm and thunders and go beyond. It is an art of asking the right question instead of providing the simple solutions.

The book is everything else besides a self-help book or The School of Life’s style philosophy. She is talking about metaphysical philosophy. She also wants us to know that philosophy is a necessity. It is not something we practice for fun with a cup of tea on a beautiful spring evening. ‘When philosophy doesn’t bother then I think that it has missed its goal’ she told the French radio RFI last month.

Take the critique of Devillairs in mind and the attempt for the popularization of ‘African philosophy’ in the past months in the Netherlands. In our attempt to understand Trump, Brexit and other big events, there’s a rise of ‘African philosophy porn’. it is not real philosophy, it is infotainment on the highest level. It is essentialist and old fashioned. It is dangerous.

To be continued…