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I Am Because You Are: The African Philosophy of Ubuntu

Date: Time: 13:00 Location: Black Box Esplanade building, Tilburg University

Ubuntu teaches us that 'A person is a person through others'. But what exactly is this African philosophy? What does it mean? And what can we learn from this concept? Find out all you need to know during this ‘pressure-cooker-lecture’. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 13:00 - 14:15 hrs.  
Admission is free, no registration required, but be in time: limited number of seats available.

I think, therefore I am

Rene Descartes is often called the first modern philosopher, and his famous saying, “I think, therefore I am,” laid the groundwork for how we in the west conceptualize our sense of self. But Ubuntu is an entirely different way to think about personal identity.

I am because you are

The African Philosophy of Ubuntu has been around for centuries, it was largely popularized in Southern Africa by Nelson Mandela, who gave the concept the international reach it has achieved today. It emphasizes the significance of our community and shared humanity and teaches us that 'A person is a person through others'.  Many view the philosophy as a counterweight to the culture of individualism in our contemporary world.


All You Need to Know About…

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More information

This lecture is organized by Studium Generale in cooperation with study association ASAT, the African student association of Tilburg.

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

* For students, this lecture may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions.

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