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Omedi Ochieng
Denison University
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    Meaning at the End of Meaning: Nihilism, Great Nonsense, and Praxis in the Shadow of Extinction.Omedi Ochieng - 2020 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 53 (3):312.
    A nihilist is not one who believes in nothing, but one who does not believe in what exists.In the face of unreason, nihilism gnaws at black existence.W. H. Auden’s poem “Musée des Beaux Arts” invites us to be struck by the barely perceptible punctuation of suffering against the steady beat of time, the faint ripple of disaster amid the ordinary’s ongoingness. Its tonal register evokes the contours of mid-twentieth-century existentialism—the inexorability of death, habituated and willed ignorance, cosmic aloneness, and the (...)
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    The Epistemology of African Philosophy: Sagacious Knowledge and the Case for a Critical Contextual Epistemology.Omedi Ochieng - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3):337-359.
    This essay critiques the ontology and epistemology of African philosophy, with particular attention to Odera Oruka’s sage philosophy project, one of the most influential schools of thought in African philosophy. Oruka posits an absolutist ontology that holds to a conception of epistemology as presuppositionless and transcendental. Against this, I argue for a critical contextual epistemology that proffers a view of epistemology as embodied, linguistically performed, social, ideological, rhetorical, and contextual. I argue, ultimately, that a critical contextual epistemology is not only (...)
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    Groundwork for the Practice of the Good Life: Politics and Ethics at the Intersection of North Atlantic and African Philosophy.Omedi Ochieng - 2017 - New York: Routledge.
    What makes for good societies and good lives in a global world? In this landmark work of political and ethical philosophy, Omedi Ochieng offers a radical reassessment of a millennia-old question. He does so by offering a stringent critique of both North Atlantic and African philosophical traditions, which he argues unfold visions of the good life that are characterized by idealism, moralism, and parochialism. But rather than simply opposing these flawed visions of the good life with his own set of (...)
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  4. The African Intellectual: Hountondji and After.Omedi Ochieng - 2010 - Radical Philosophy 164:25.
    This paper examines the intellectual habitus of Paulin Hountondji, arguably the most influential post-independence African philosopher, and the political, ethical, and intellectual stakes of his epistemological and rhetorical style. The paper culminates with a critical comparison of Hountondji’s intellectual imagination with that of prominent African philosophers and theorists.
     
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