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Tendayi Sithole’s Mabogo P. More: Philosophical Anthropology in Azania

Tendayi Sithole’s Mabogo P. More: Philosophical Anthropology in Azania

Mabogo Percy More is a philosopher who describes his work as “Azanian Africana existential philosophy” (110). Born in 1946, More was one of the few Black professors of philosophy during apartheid in South Africa. He has produced an important body of work—including Biko: Philosophy, Identity and Liberation (2017), Looking through Philosophy in Black: Memoirs (2019), Sartre on Contingency: Antiblack Racism and Embodiment (2021), and the forthcoming Noel Chabani Manganyi: Being-While-Black-and-Alienated in Apartheid South Africa (2024)—which has only belatedly received the recognition it deserves. In 2015, he received the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association, but in South Africa, he has faced decades of professional recognition denied, notwithstanding recent efforts such as a November 2023 virtual workshop sponsored by the University of Fort Hare’s Center for Leadership Ethics in Africa—in preparation for a forthcoming special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy—dedicated to his work. (Here, I am not a disinterested observer: I participated in this recent event and will contribute to the special issue, as did/will Sithole. Furthermore, More’s Sartre …