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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)


   Subscriptions / Abonnements: 


Subscriptions: only for printed hard-copy issues; Internet access to Quest is free

Les abonnements (seulement pour la version imprimée; l 'accès Toile à Quest est gratuit)

Since 2002 Quest has been available on the Internet, in addition to its printed hard-copy version. Initially, during a trial period we experimented with various types of registered subscriptions (depending on whether the subscriber is a private individual or an institution, and Africa-based on not), each with their particular password. The whole thing became too complex, and user-unfriendly. We then decided to radically simplify Internet access to Quest, for the benefit of readers and authors in Africa and worldwide. So access to all Internet pages of Quest came to be free, without prior subscription or password registration. Subscriptions now only cover the printed hard-copy issues, including back copies of previous years

Depuis 2002, Quest a été disponible sur la Toile, aussi bien qu'en forme imprimée. Initialement, nous expérimentions avec plusieurs types d'abonnements d'accès Toile, chaque typoe avec son propre password, suivant les charactéristiques de l'abonnée: privé ou institutionnel, en Afrique ou déhors de l'Afrique. Cette approche était trop complexe et incommode. Par conséquence, nous avons décidé de radicalement simplifier l'accés Toile à Quest, pour la bénifice des lecteurs et des auteurs en Afrique aussi bien que dans le monde entier. Alors, toutes les pages Toile de Quest seront accessible gratuitement, sans abonnement et sans enrégistrement de password. Les abonnements ne concernent que la version imprimée, y compris les numéros déjà publiés dans les années antérieures.

You can now immediately proceed to consult the Quest volumes on as Internet files, by clicking this link
En cliquant ce-lien-ci, vous passerez immédiatement aux volumes Quest sur la Toile

the Quest publication routine and subscription fees  

Two issues of Quest appear per year, although these are often combined into one annual volume.

Annual subscription fees are as follows (as from 2013; postage included)

to a postal address inside Africa: 

€ 32.50 (institutions), 

€ 32.50 (individuals). 


to a postal address outside Africa: 

€ 45 (institutions)

€ 45 (individuals).

(now that Quest is no longer subsidised by the African Studies Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands, we have no option but to raise the subscription fees and we can no longer maintain the earlier discount for individual, non-institutional African subscribers, although we continue to favour subscribers inside Africa over non-subscribers outside Africa)

  Le régime de publication Quest --  taux d'abonnement annuels

Il y apparaitra deux numéros de Quest par année, souvent combinés en un seul volume.

Les taux d'abonnement annuels sont les suivants (y compris l'affranchissement) -- à partir de l'an 2013

à une adresse en Afrique


€ 32.50 (institutions), 

€ 32.50 (individus). 


à une adresse dehors l'Afrique

€ 45 (institutions)

€ 45 (individus).

(Étant donné que Quest ne recoit plus aucune subvention de Centre d'Etudes Africaines a Leyde, Pays-Bas, on est forcé d'éléver les taux d'abonnement, et de laisser tomber la distinction entre abonnements institutionnels et individuels; néanmoins, nous continuous de distinguer entre des abonnements situés en Afrique, et ceux situés ailleurs)


Payment details

In reply to your e-mail message to   initiating or renewing your subscription to printed issues of Quest, you will receive Quest's pro forma invoice specifying amount due, and Quest bank account details. The relevant issues of the jouirnal will be sent to you as soon as payment has been received by Quest.

Payments exclusively in Euro €.

Subscriptions are payable in advance.

Subscriptions are for a full year from January 1st till December 31st. They will be automatically renewed for the next year, unless they are explicitly cancelled in writing (email to ) more than three months before the expiry of  the subscription, i.e. before 1st October of the current year.

Payment only by bank remittance (the Quest bank account will be specified on your invoice, or is available upon request from ), or cash.

Payment by credit card or cheque is no longer possible. 

Details de paiement

En réponse de votre message courriel à, vous recevrez la facture pro forma de la part de Quest. Vous recevrez vos exemplaires dès que Quest aura reçu votre paiement.

Les paiements ne seront qu’en Euro €.

Les abonnements doivent etre payés d' advance.

Les abonnements sont pour tout un an (de janvier à décembre), et ils sont considérés d'etre automatiquement renouvelés chaque année, sauf en cas que l'abonné se désabonne par courriel à au moins trois mois (avant le 1er octobre) avant le commencement de la nouvelle année. 

Sauf des paiements au comptant, les paiements seront effectués uniquement par  virement bancaire (les détails du compte bancaire Quest apparaitront sur votre facture pro forma que vous recevrez de la part de ).

Paiement par carte bancaire (‘credit card’) ou par chèque n’est plus possible. 

You were already a subscriber to Quest in its previous, printed form?

Welcome,  old friend, to the new Quest. A number of questions arise for you at this point:

1. Did you receive all the issues (up to and including volume XV, 2001) to which you are entitled by virtue of your paid-up subscription? If you feel that this is not the case, and you wish to claim outstanding issues for 2000 or 2001, please send an e-mail to the Quest administration:

2. Do you wish to renew or start your subscription to printed, hard-copy issues of Quest ? If this is the case, please send an e-mail to the Quest administration:

, stating 'renewed Quest subscription' in the subject line.


Vous étiez déjà abonné de Quest sous sa forme imprimée? 

Soyez bienvenu au nouveau Quest, notre ami d'avant. Un nombre de questions se présentent à ce point: 

1. Est-ce que vous avez bien reçu tous les numéros (jusqu'à et y compris la volume XV, 2001) auxquels vous avex le droit par votre abonnement déjà payé? Si la réponse soit 'non', et si vous préférez à reclamer les numéros qui sont encore dus à vous, prière d'envoyer un message électronique à l'administration de Quest en cliquant ce lien-ci; déclarez 'abonnement antérieur sur Quest' dans la ligne subjet, et spécifiez votre nom et adresse postale complète; ou bien, préférablement, utilisez la fiche électronique au fond ce cette page Toile. (Si vour préférez d'utiliser le courier ordinaire, envoyez votre lettre à: 

Quest Revue Africaine de Philosophie 

s/d Prof. Wim van Binsbergen

Centre d' Etudes Africaines

BP Box 9555

2300 RB Leiden

Pays Bas.)

2. Est-ce que vous désirez renouveler votre abonnement à la version imprimée de Quest à partir de la volume XVI (2002)?  Si oui,
prière d'envoyer un message électronique à l'administration de Quest en cliquant ce lien-ci; déclarez 'abonnement antérieur sur Quest' dans la ligne subjet, et spécifiez votre nom et adresse postale complète; ou bien, préférablement, utilisez la fiche électronique au fond ce cette page Toile. (Si vour préférez d'utiliser le courier ordinaire, envoyez votre lettre à: 

Quest Revue Africaine de Philosophie 

s/d Prof. Wim van Binsbergen

Centre d' Etudes Africaines

BP Box 9555

2300 RB Leiden

Pays Bas.)




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