Michael Onyebuchi Eze

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List of Books & Articles

The Politics of History in Contemporary Africa (New York Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
This book forges a criticism of such pan-African historicism which rests upon the assumption of a pristine, homogenous memory and historical unanimity. Upon this critique is a secondary thesis which projects that Africa’s social imaginary can only be validated through a paradigm of difference to the Western ‘other.” Eze argues that African historiography has become a platform for political epiphany for the politician and a tool for the Africanist intellectual as a measure for subjectivity via a negation of the colonial “other” through discourse reversal and historical analogy. This method of historiography is dangerous as it not only stifles the overall socio-political imagination of contemporary Africa but offers a dogmatic blueprint for politics of domination. This book proposes that the chance for an African Renaissance is dependent on review mechanisms of African historiography.

Intellectual History in Contemporary South Africa (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

In examining the intellectual history in contemporary South Africa, Eze engages with the emergence of ubuntu as one discourse that has become a mirror and aftermath of South Africa’s overall historical narrative.: This book interrogates a triple socio-political representation of ubuntu as  a displacement narrative for South Africa’s colonial consciousness; as offering a  a new national imaginary through its  inclusive consciousness in which different, competing, and often antagonistic memories and histories are accommodated; and as offering a historicity  in which the past is transformed as a symbol of hope for the present and the future. This book offers a model for African intellectual history indignant to polemics but constitutive of creative historicism and healthy humanism.

Books (contd.)

2019: Religious Nationalism and Survival Politics in Contemporary Nigeria” (under contractual review).

Edited Books/Journals:

2019    (With J. Chimakonam) African Communitarianism: Contemporary Debates (Delaware: Vernon Press) – Forthcoming


2018    Guest editor: Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions Date: Vol. 6, No. 1 (Jun. 2017), Special Issue “Individual and Community in the Post-colonial Africa: Menkiti vs Gyekye”


2011    Guest Editor (with Jörn Rüsen) Special Issue “Humanism in History”   Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Issue 16), Dec. 2011.


Book Chapters:

2019    “African Catholicism and Africa’s Intellectual History: Issues and Contestations”, in Handbook on African Catholicism, editor, Stan Chu Ilo, (Indiana: Notre Dame University Press), (submitted for review)


2018 “Africana Philosophy as a Cultural Resistance “in Ka-Osi-Sọ-Onye: African Philosophy in Postmodern Era. Editors: J. O Chimakonam and Edwin Etieyibo (Delaware: Vernon Press), pp(149-168) 


2017    “Foreword in Christian B. N. Gade, A Discourse on African Philosophy: A New Perspective on Ubuntu and Transitional Justice in South Africa (Lanham, Lexington Books).

2017    “Humanitatis Eco [Eco-Humanism]: An African Environmental Ethics” in Handbook for Africana Philosophy (Toyin Falola and Adeshina Afolayan, eds.) (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp 621-632.


2016 “Preface” in Denis Agbo, The Rise And Fall Of Education Standard In Nigeria: Implications And The Way Forward. (Enugu: Chrisbest Productions, 2016), pp vii-ix


 2012    “Ubuntu: Ideology or Promise” in Exploring Humanity: Intercultural Perspectives on Humanism (reflections on history), Jörn Rüsen, Mihai I. Spariosu (eds.), (National University of Taiwan Press,) pp 247-260


Scholarly Articles (peer reviewed):

2019:   Eze, M.O and Katja V.W. “Beyond Sovereign Reason: Issues and Contestations in Contemporary African Identity,” in Journal of Common Market Studies, Special Issue, Collective Identity, edited by Francis Nicoli and Theresa Kuhn.  (Submitted for review)


2018: “Menkiti, Gyekye and Beyond: Towards A Decolonization of African Political Philosophy”, Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions Vol. 7. No. 2., 2018.


2018: “Cultural Appropriation and the Limits of Identity: A Case for Multiple Humanity(ies)”, Chiedza, Journal of Arrupe Jesuit University, Vol 20, No. 1 May 2018


2017    “I am Because You Are: Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Xenophobia”, in Philosophical Papers, Vol. 46, No. 1 (March 2017): 85-109. Special Issue on Cosmopolitanism. 

2015    (With Thaddeus Metz) “Emergent Issues in African Philosophy: A Dialogue with Kwasi  Wiredu” Philosophia Africana, 17 (2):75-87 (2015)


2013    “Pan Africanism: A Brief Intellectual History” in History Compass, Vol.11, No.9, September 2013, pp 663-674 (Commissioned article, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell)


2013    “Pan Africanism and the Politics of History” in History Compass Vol.11, No.9, September 2013, pp 675-686 (Commissioned article, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell)


2011    “Humanism as History in Contemporary Africa” in Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Issue 16), December 2011, pp 59-77 (Commissioned article)


2011    (With Jörn Rüsen) “Humanism in History” in Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Issue 16), December 2011, pp i-xi


2011    “The Politics of Being a Human Being in Soweto: Identity as a Social Capital” in Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 29, No. 3, July 2011, pp299-313 (Routledge, Taylor and Francis)


2011    “I Am Because You Are – A theory of an African Humanism” in The UNESCO COURIER (translated into Russian, French, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese, Issue: October - December 2011 – Commissioned Article)     http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-courier/


2008     “What is African Communitarianism? Against Consensus as a Regulative Ideal” in South African Journal of Philosophy, 2008, Vol. 27:4, pp 386-399 (Commissioned Article)


2003    “Soccer: A New World Religion?” in Chiedza. Arrupe  College, Jesuit School of Philosophy, Philosophical Journal, Vol. 2:15, 2003


2002    “The African Heritage and Independent Identity” Chiedza. Arrupe College, Jesuit School of Philosophy, Philosophical Journal, Vol. 2:12, 2002