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Prof. Dr. Kwasi Wiredu

(*1931) instructs philosophy at the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA.

Wiredu studied at the University of Ghana in Legon, in the vicinity of Accra, and upon graduating, he went to Oxford. After his studies in Oxford, where Wiredu was taught by Gilbert Ryle and Peter Strawson, he taught for 26 years at the University of Ghana. In 1987 he began teaching at the University of South Florida and remains there today. Numerous visiting professors led Wiredu to various universities in the USA and to the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Wiredu poses essential questions in his work concerning the relationship between culture and philosophy. In particular, he is concerned with the philosophical conditions of a intercultural dialogue. He points out the value of the African tradition for the dialogue of cultures, demands a "conceptual decolonisation" and develops new concepts of ethics of consensus to promote democracy.

Main works: - Philosophy and an African Culture (1980) - Person and Community: Ghanaian Philosophical Studies (1992) - Cultural Universals and Particulars: An African Perspective (1996) - A Companion to African Philosophy (2003).