Path-Clearing: Philosophy and History, Scientific Dependency, and Hountondji’s Turn to Endogenous Knowledge

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


Following up on the later developments of Paulin Hountondji’s work, this chapter attends to the concept of endogenous knowledge as a key to doing science and philosophy at African universities. Endogenous knowledge as a self-reflexive praxis of re-appropriating marginalised local knowledge can partly be regarded as a response to Hountondji’s critics as well as a consistent development within his own work. To fully understand the turn to endogenous knowledge, the chapter first draws on Hountondji’s concept of science and philosophy as a rigorously critical endeavour derived from his studies of the history of philosophy. In what follows, we present his quest for more scientific autonomy and especially focus on his critique of extraversion as the forced tendency of African researchers to satisfy the theoretical and methodological demands of the former metropoles. Finally, the chapter discusses the particular features of endogenous knowledge as a response to scientific dependency.


Endogenous knowledge Materialism History of philosophy Dependency theory Scientific dependency Scientific autonomy Scientific extraversion 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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