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An African Journal of Philosophy

Revue Africaine de Philosophie


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Since early 2009, when the last three annual volumes (XX, XXI, XXII: 2006, 2007, 2008) of Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy / Revue Africaine de Philosophie were published, our journal (like so many others) has gone through a bumpy patch. The same year saw the end of the five-year hospitality agreement between this journal and the African Studies Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands. The Editor had negotiated this agreement in 2004 (as the only successful outcome of a long series of international applications for subsidy), and though it had failed to bring the secretarial and administrative assistance so badly needed, it had at least paid for printing and postage. We thank the African Studies Centre for its loyal support over these five years, and for its more incidental support in the future. Against the background of the international financial crisis from 2008 onward, revenue from subscriptions, sale of back issues, and reprint fees dwindled, and costs of printing, web design, hosting and postage were mounting. Meanwhile Quest was enjoying ever greater popularity on the part of established and junior contributors, and also the quality of the articles submitted went from strength to strength. Under those circumstances the Editorial Board saw no alternative but to sit back and wait until the financial situation would clear up sufficiently to produce, dispatch and host new annual volumes. In 2011-2012 the felicitous reprint of three Quest articles in the Eboussi Boulaga Festschrift edited by Lidia Procesi and Kasereka Kavwahirehi (Beyond the lines: Fabien Eboussi Boulaga, A philosoph­ical practice / Au-delà des lignes: Fabien Eboussi Boulaga, une pratique philosophique, Munich: LINCOM), and the fees secured in that connection through the good services of Professor Valentin Mudimbe (Member of the Quest Advisory Editorial Board) seemed to bode better times for our journal; but then the Editor went down with serious illness for two periods of half a year each. By the end of 2012, these medical hurdles had finally been taken, and three new annual volumes are now lined up for imminent publication, before the middle of 2013 – including one special issue on Masolo under the guest editorship of Professor Thaddeus Metz from South Africa. A cheaper production process yet more attractive format were meanwhile initiated, of which the present double annual volume XXIII / XXIV (2009-2010) is the first implementation. For, rather than already bringing out these three volumes, we decided that we should first devote the combined annual volumes XXIII-XXIV to a long-standing book project of the Editor, in honour of his 65th birthday, and in recognition of his contributions to Quest and to the sake of African philosophy over the past decade. The book’s anti-hegemonic, anti-Eurocentric approach to long-range transcontinental philosophy from an African perspective is a fitting expression of the spirit of Quest, and a significant contribution to the global history of philosophy. While the digital version of Vols XXIII-XXIV was already made available at the Quest website by the end of 2012, the printed version is only dispatched now, due to practical difficulties. These Vols XXIII-XXIV will be sent to all those who held a subscription for the years 2009-2010. The annual volumes XXV and XXVI (to be published before Autumn 2013) will be sent to entitled subscribers i.e. those holding a paid-up subscription up to and including 2012. Those who understandably suspended their payment in the belief that Quest had ceased to be published, are advised to renew and pay up. Invoices to that effect will go out in September 2013. Subscriptions may also be renewed using the relevant page on the Quest website, , or simply by an e-mail to . After keeping the subscriptions at a constant, low level for over a decade, we are now forced to slightly raise the subscription fees as from January 2013:


to a postal address inside Africa: € 32.50 (institutions), € 32.50 (individuals) (was € 30).


to a postal address outside Africa: € 45 (institutions), € 45 (individuals)  (was € 40).

Volume XXVII (on Masolo) is to appear in October 2013 and will be sent to all those then qualifying. Of course, all this only applies to the printed version of Quest – as ever since 2002, Quest will continue to be made freely available through open access on the Internet, which makes for wide and unimpeded access world-wide and especially in Africa. All correspondence including submission of contributions, and subscription matters, henceforth to be sent to . We trust that with these positive developments, the resuscitation of Quest is a fact, and we count on your continued support,                                                                                                                                                           Wim van Binsbergen, Editor

Introduction (homepage)

Topicalities: Colloquium 'The transcultural framework for the construction of African knowledges' 23-3-04 / Actualités: Colloque 'Le cadre transculturel pour la construction des connaissances africaines' 23-3-2004

Contact information / Adresses

Editorial team/ Équipe éditorial  

Directions for contributors / Directions pour les contributeurs

Forum/Tableaux des messages

Access the Internet volumes of Quest  / Accès aux volumes Internet de Quest

Subscriptions (printed version only -- Internet version is free)/ Abonnements (version imprimée seulement -- la version Internet est gratuite)

You are already a subscriber to the printed version of Quest / Vous etes déjà abonné à la version imprimée de Quest

Cumulative contents of Quest / Table de matières cumulative de Quest

Ordering back copies / Disponibilité et commande des numéros antérieurs


Other activities / Autres activités

Miscellaneous / Objets divers

TXT files / Fichiers non-formattés 

Dossier Quest

Use and reprint of Quest articles (©)

Electronic form for referees (password protected)

Directions for contributors / Directions pour les contributeurs


Directions for contributors (the numbered items constitute a checklist):

Preferably, articles do not exceed 40,000 chars. in length.

When submitting a contribution, the author’s name and e-mail address must be included in the heading.

Any submission should be accompanied by an abstract in both (1) English and (2) French, max. 1,000 chars. each; and by max. 8 key words both in (3) English) and in (4) French.

Manuscripts should contain minimum formatting but italics (no bold, no underline) are allowed, and footnotes should be of the standard MSWord hyperlinked type.

Manuscripts should follow the journal’s citation format (consult a recent issue).

Include full author details also for co-authors, as well as place, publisher, year of edition used (identify original title when using a translation), and sub-title of publications cited;

give first and last pages of articles cited;

however, in your bibliography, do not specify the number of pages when listing entire books;

refer to specific pages rather than to entire publications;

end all bibliographical items and all footnotes on a period;

no period after headings; of proper names, only capitalise the first letter:
Heidegger, not Heidegger, nor Heidegger;

if a footnote mark occurs near punctuation, a bracket, etc. it should always come last;

insert one single space in order to separate words, numbers, etc., even if they are already separated by punctuation, footnote mark, bracket, etc.

Contributors are to present themselves in (5) a short bio-
bibliographical note, max. 1,000 chars., in the article’s language.

Moreover, contributors are to provide (6) their full postal address (just to send the author’s copies to), and to cite (7) an e-mail address that can be printed with the article in case of acceptance.

Manuscripts (8) are to be submitted in electronic form i.e. MSWord recent version; preferably by e-mail (see below) but if online facilities are totally lacking locally, a Windows CD-ROM or USB-stick may be sent (3.5” discs being obsolete). Regrettably, submissions not complying with these directions cannot be considered.


Contributions (notez bien les points numérotés) :

Préférablement, les articles ne dépassent les 40,000 caractères.

Tout article doit porter le nom d’auteur.

Tour article doit être accompagné d’un résumé français (1) et anglais (2), chaque 1,000 car. max. En outre, max. 8 mots-clefs doivent être spécifiés, en français (3) aussi bien qu’ en anglais (4).

Les manuscrits manqueront tout mise en page, sauf des italiques et des notes en bas de page (format usuel hypertexte Word).

Pour le format des citations, consultez un numéro récent de
Quest .

Détails éditoriaux
Quest est une revue bilingue, et ses règles éditoriales diffèrent sur quelques points des conventions éditoriales usuelles en Afrique francophone):

pour toute référence bibliogra­phique, incluez tous les détails, aussi pour les co-auteurs, lieu d’édition, maison d’édition, année de l’édition utilisée (identifiez le titre original si vous utilisez une traduction) ;

incluez le sous-titre ;

spécifiez la page initiale et finale d’un article cité ;

mais pour les livres entiers cités dans votre bibliographie, ne spécifiez pas le nombre de pages ;

faites référence à des pages spécifiques plutôt qu’à une publication entière ;

 faites terminer tous les références bibliographiques et tous notes en bas de page sur un point ;

par contre, les titres de sections ne se terminent pas sur un point ;

dans les noms propres, seulement la lettre initiale sera en majuscules: Heidegger, et non pas Heidegger, ni Heidegger ;

si le numéro d’une note en bas de page se trouve près d’une signe de ponctuation, le numéro sera toujours placé derrière cette signe ;

toujours insérez une espace pour séparer des mots, des numéros etc., même s’ils sont déjà séparés par des signes de ponctuation ou des numéros de note.

L’auteur doit ajouter (5) une courte autodescription bio-bibliographique, 1,000 car. max., dans la langue de la contribution.

Donnez (6) votre adresse postale (seulement pour recevoir les exemplaires d’auteur), et (7) une adresse de courrier électronique qui sera imprimée avec l’article.

Présentez votre manuscrit (8) en forme électronique (Word, version récente) et préférablement par courrier électronique; en absence de facilités de courrier électronique, envoyez (par courrier ordinaire) un disque CD-ROM ou bouton USB – les disques 3,5" ne sont plus courants. Si le dossier ne conforme pas avec tous ces points, votre article ne peut pas être considéré pour publication. 


Send your contribution to:

1) (preferred option) by e-mail, to:

2) by ordinary ('snail') mail (under this option your enveloppe must contain a CD-ROM disc or USB stick containing your contribution and all the other items required, see above):

Quest :  An African Journal of Philosophy
c/o Prof. Wim van Binsbergen
African Studies Centre,
P.O.Box 9555
2300 RB Leiden
The Netherlands


Envoyez votre contribution à:

1) (choix préfére ) par courrier électronique, à:

2) pour courrier ordinaire (sour cette option, vous devez inclure dans l'enveloppe une disque CD-ROM our bien une bouton USB contenant tous les 8 (huit) items spécifiés ci-haut):

Quest :  Revue Africaine de Philosophie
s/d Prof. Wim van Binsbergen
Centre d’Études Africaines,
B.P. 9555
2300 RB Leiden
Pays Bas

Authors retain the copyright to their contribution, but submission automatically implies that, in case of acceptance, the author tacitly cedes to Quest such use rights as enable Quest to publish the contribution both in hard copy and online. Authors receive two hard copies of the volume in which their contribution appears. More copies may be purchased using our electronic order form

Les auteurs retiennent le droit d’ auteur de leur contribution, mais sa présentation à Quest implique automatiquement qu’en cas d’acceptation l’auteur cède tacitement à Quest  les droits d’ usage qui permettent Quest  de publier l’article en forme imprimée aussi bien que sur le Web. Tout auteur reçoit deux exemplaires du volume dans lequel son article parait. Des exemplaires supplémentaires peuvent etre commendés en utilisant notre page de commande électronique






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