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Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Tsenay Serequeberhan

Dr. Tsenay Serequeberhan

Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Office: Holmes Hall 305
Phone: 443-885-1804


Ph.D. Philosophy, Boston College, 1988.
M.A. Philosophy, Boston College, 1982.
B.A. Political Science, University of Massachusetts (Boston), 1979.

Dr. Serequeberhan came to Morgan State University in 2000 as an Associate Professor, was granted Tenure in 2003, and promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2010. His work has a double focus (Continental and Africana philosophy) and is centered on social-political questions and concerns, broadly conceived. He is presently working on a book-length manuscript exploring our postcolonial "effective-history" (Gadamer), to be titled Thinking the Present.

Books in Print:

Return to the Source - Second Edition: Monthly Review Press, 2022
Existence and Heritage, SUNY Press, November 2015
Marcien Towa's African Philosophy: Two Texts, Hdri Publishers, 2012
Contested Memory: The Icons of the Occidental Tradition, Africa World Press, 2007
Our Heritage: The Past in the Present, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000
The Hermeneutics of African Philosophy: Horizon and Discourse, Routledge, 1994
African Philosophy: The Essential Readings, Paragon, 1991

Sample Articles:

3AM, Serequeberhan Interview

Theoria Article, “Philosophy in the Present Context of Africa”

Benedetta Lanfranchi: Postcolonial--Membe, Serequeberhan, Gordon (Review of Serequeberhan's Work)
Hermeneutical Paradigm in African Philo (Review of Serequeberhan's Work, pp. 99-105)

"Decolonization and the Practice of Philosophy," African Intellectuals and Decolonization, edited by Nicholas M. Creary, Ohio University Press, 2012
"Africana Philosophy: Prospects and Possibilities," Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy, edited by Jay L. Garfield and William Edelglass, Oxford University Press, 2011
"Eurocentrism in Philosophy: The Case of Immanuel Kant," The Philosophical Forum, vol. 27, no. 4, Summer 1996
"The Idea of Colonialism in Hegel's Philosophy of Right," in International Philosophical, Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 3, issue no. 115, September 1989
"Heidegger and Gadamer: Thinking as ‘Meditative' and as ‘Effective-Historical Consciousness,'" Man and World, vol. 20, no. 1, 1987

Sample Invited Presentation:
2/2014, "Continental and African Philosophy: A Thematic Encounter," presented at the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center's 32nd Annual Symposium, organized under the theme Phenomenology and the African and Africana Worlds, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.