Jonathan O. Chimakonam Ph.D, teaches at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He was formerly at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. His research interests cover the areas of African Philosophy, Logic, Philosophy of Mind, Environmental Ethics and Postmodern/Postcolonial Thought. His articles have appeared in refereed and accredited international journals. He is an author, co-author, editor and co-editor of some books including Ezumezu: A System of Logic for African Philosophy and Studies (Springer, 2019); New Conversations on the Problems of Identity, Consciousness and Mind (with Egbai, U. Segun, S. and Attoe, A. Springer, 2019); Atuolu Omalu: Some Unanswered Questions in Contemporary African Philosophy (University Press of America, 2015); African Philosophy and Environmental Conservation (Routledge, 2017); African Philosophy and the Epistemic Marginalisation of Women (Routledge, 2018, with Louise du Toit); Ka Osi So Onye: African Philosophy in the Post Modern Era (Vernon Press, 2018, with Edwin Etieyibo); The Death Penalty from an African Perspective…(Vernon Press, 2017, with Fainos Mangena). He is the convener of the professional African philosophy society, The Conversational School of Philosophy (CSP) and the founding editor of Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions. He is winner of Jens Jacobsen Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philosophy by the International Society for Universal Dialogue. He is African philosophy Area Editor in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Chimakonam is one of the three founders of African Philosophy Society (APS).
JO Chimakonam is the major proponent of Conversational Philosophy, Conversational Thinking and Ezumezu Logic. He has been working with other proponents in the CSP to advance the systems in and beyond African philosophy. He aims to break new grounds in African philosophy by formulating a system that unveils new concepts and opens new vistas for thought (Conversational philosophy); a method that represents a new approach to philosophising in African and intercultural philosophies (Conversational thinking); and a system of logic that grounds both (Ezumezu).
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