Appendix: Interview with Paulin J. Hountondji

  • Franziska DübgenEmail author
  • Stefan Skupien
Part of the Global Political Thinkers book series (GPT)


This chapter contains an interview by Franziska Dübgen and Stefan Skupien with Paulin Hountondji, held in 2018. Therein, Hountondji reconsiders his early critical stance towards ethnophilosophy, arguing for a sociology of collective representations as a means to adequately study collective thought. He recounts the period of democratisation in Benin during the 1980s and his involvement in this process as a university professor. Recognising the need for a decolonisation of the educational system in the postcolonies, Hountondji demands ending extroversion by producing scholarship for an African readership, through the critical reappropriation of African and non-African knowledge and the use of African languages for scholarly activity.


Ethnophilosophy Democratisation Extroversion Decolonisation African languages 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.WZB Berlin Social Science CenterBerlinGermany

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