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Strathmore represented at the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy

The World Congresses of Philosophy are organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) in collaboration with one of its member societies. The xxiii World Congress of Philosophy was held from August 4-10, 2013, at the School of Philosophy, Athens, under the auspices of the Hellenic Organizing Committee, which has been constituted by the Greek Philosophical Society.


The main theme of the 2013 Congress was, ‘Philosophy as Inquiry and Way of Life’, emphasizing both theory and practice, recalling the declaration of Socrates that the ‘unexamined life is not worth living’.


This particular Congress had several aims, which were understood as complementary:

  1. To inquire into the world’s philosophical traditions and compare them in terms of their diverse contributions and possible mutual cross-fertilization.
  2. To reflect on the tasks and functions of philosophy in the contemporary world, taking account of the contributions, expectations, and gaps in philosophical awareness associated with other disciplines, with political, religious, social, economic, technological, etc., activities and with diverse cultures and traditions.
  3. To emphasize the importance of philosophical reflection for public discourse on global issues affecting humanity.

From Strathmore University, there were three presentations one of which was a round table discussion. On Monday 5th August, Professor Christine Gichure participated in a Round Table on women philosophers. Her topic was ‘Woman Nature and Identity: Insights from Ogolla (novelist), Stein(philosopher) and Escrivá On 7th August she delivered her Congress paper on ‘Human Nature and Identity in Muntu Anthropology and the Ubuntu Worldview’, and on Saturday 10th, Mr. Branya delivered his paper on ‘Transcendental Anthropology and Happiness’.

Mr. Branya’s paper discussing happiness is a desire of all human beings sought to explore various authors views on this. Robert Spitzer in his book “Healing the Culture” based on cultural philosophical approach proposes four levels of happiness H1 to H4 which can be called satisfaction, achievement, fulfilment and bliss. Abraham Maslow based on his dynamic psychology proposed five levels of motivation in his classic paper on the ‘Hierarchy of Basic Needs’. Both authors did not penetrate into the anthropological structure of the person, which Philosopher Leonardo Polo does with his ‘Transcendental Anthropology’ and the ‘Triadic structure of the person.

Because of its cultural history and geographical situation, Athens was an ideal location for encounters between scholars from across the world, attracting more than 3,000 participants from across the globe.


About Prof. Christine Gichure

Prof. Christine Wanjiru Gichure is currently Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She teaches The Foundations of Ethics and Thinking with Ancient Philosophers in the Master of Arts in Applied Philosophy and Ethics (MAPE) Program and Business Ethics in the other Master programs in the Strathmore University.


Professor Gichure is currently involved in African Philosophical Traditions research, Research in Business and Professional Ethics and Contemporary Philosophy.


About John Branya


He is the Director of the Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics (CAPE) in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a specialist in Anthropology and Ethics. His research in ethics includes wider interests in Social/Political Philosophy and Family Development. John has been instrumental in the development of Ethics education in Kenya and has co-authored Social Education and Ethics textbooks and teachers’ guides for Form 1, Form 2 and Form 4 published by the Kenya Institute of Education. Among other conference presentations, Mr. Branya presented the paper titled,”Ethics and Family Resilience; A teaching experience” in the 3rd Network of African Family Scholars Colloquium, in Strathmore University, 2008.