Workshop: African Conceptions of the Meaning of Life

6 JUNE 2019

Hosted by: Aribiah Attoe & the Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Overview: The question of life’s meaning continues to intrigue and fascinate philosophers the world over. Indeed, Albert Camus in his book the Myth of Sisyphus stated that the question which trumps all other philosophical questions as the most fundamental is the question of life’s meaning. Many philosophers, especially those of the Western tradition, have sought to answer this question in various ways, but, curiously, not much has explicitly been said about this topical issue in African philosophy. Join us as we examine this and other related questions, and their implications from an African philosophical perspective and in conversation with other traditions. Participation in the workshop is free of charge, but participants must RSVP beforehand, ideally by 24 May 2019, by emailing Mr Aribiah Attoe <>.

Venue: Es’ Kia Mphahlele Room, UJ Library, University of Johannesburg (Auckland Park Kingsway Campus), Johannesburg, South Africa.

Time: 9:00am.


Aribiah Attoe – University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Prof. Oladele Balogun (Keynote Speaker) – Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria.

Distinguished Professor Thaddeus Metz – University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Yolanda Mlungwana – University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Yoliswa Mlungwana – University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr Motsamai Molefe – University of Fort Hare, South Africa.

Victor Nweke – The Conversational School of Philosophy & University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

Benjamin Timi Olujohungbe – Augustine University, Nigeria.

Prof Pedro Tabensky – Rhodes University, South Africa

*Aribiah D. Attoe*
Member of the Conversational School of Philosophy.
Copy Editor, Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions.
Doctoral Student & PG Emissary,
Department of Philosophy,
University of Johannesburg.

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