This book offers a concise overview of the development of intercultural philosophy since the early 1990s, focusing on one of its key pioneers Heinz Kimmerle (1930– 2016).

Building on influences from Gadamer, Heidegger, Derrida and Ramose, Kimmerle’s approach to intercultural philosophy is radical and fosters epistemic justice. Kimmerle critically reflected on his own western philosophical tradition, highlighting the problems of a discourse based on a dominant concept of rationality, and of excluding different approaches and participants. Instead, Kimmerle developed an alternative way of thinking, emphasizing the importance Of recognizing philosophies of different cultures. He focused particularly on African philosophies in academic discourse. In the book, the many layers of Kimmerle’s intercultural philosophy are revealed, exploring how dialectics, hermeneutics, deconstruction and decolonization can contribute to epistemic justice. The author goes beyond Kimmerle and demonstrates how Kimmerle’s approach can be further enhanced by using an intersectional approach and by engaging in dialogue with female philosophers and artists.

This new study, which also introduces unpublished and untranslated texts from Kimmerle’s work in German and Dutch, will be of considerable interest to researchers of continental philosophy, intercultural and African philosophy, political philosophy, decolonial and feminist studies.

chapter 1|22 pages


Epistemological Diversity as a New Paradigm

part I|94 pages

Confluence of Layers in Kimmerle's Philosophy

chapter 2|27 pages

Dialectics and Difference

Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida, Lyotard and Irigaray

chapter 3|28 pages

Hermeneutics and Deconstruction

Schleiermacher, Hegel, Gadamer and Derrida

chapter 4|32 pages

Deconstruction and Decolonization

chapter 5|5 pages

Conclusion Part I

part II|96 pages

Dialogues and Epistemic Justice

chapter 7|26 pages

Dialogues and Decolonization

Conditions and Skills for Dialogue

chapter 8|28 pages

Dialogues between Art and Philosophy

Playful Encounters

chapter 9|7 pages

Conclusion Part II

part III|19 pages

And Beyond