In order to decolonize the history of philosophy against the fabrication of translatio studiorum as the unilinear path connecting Greek thought and sciences to medieval European Christianity, we need to pluralize that history. And to manifest in our textbooks that translatio studiorum is not just Jerusalem-Athens-Rome-Paris or London or Heidelberg … but, as well: Athens-Nishapur-Bagdad-Cordoba-Fez-Timbuktu …. To decolonize the history of philosophy is also to take into account the plurality of languages, in order to consider the perspectives introduced by tongues other than European, and thus undo the “ontological nationalism” upon which rests the assumption that philosophical exercise is intrinsically tied to certain (European) languages.
Prof. Dr. Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia U, New York)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne is currently Professor of Francophone Studies, and Chair of the Department of French and Romance Philology with a secondary appointment in the Department of Philosophy, at Columbia University in New York. His field of research and teaching interests includes the history of logic and mathematics, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy and Sufism, African philosophy and literature. S.B. Diagne is a prolific writer. In 1989 he published a book on Boolean algebra entitled Boole, l’oiseau de nuit en plein jour (Paris: Belin, 1989). His most recent publications are: African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude (Seagull Books, 2011); Bergson postcolonial. L’élan vital dans la pensée de Léopold Sédar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal (Paris, CNRS Editions, 2011); this book was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011. The same year he received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work Comment Philosopher en islam (Paris, Philippe Rey, 2013; in English The Ink of the Scholars. Reflections on Philosophy in Africa, Dakar, Codesria, 2016); and also published Philosopher en Islam et en christianisme (with Philippe Cappelle-Dumont, Paris, Cerf, 2016).