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Angela Roothaan, Associate Professor

My research focuses on Intercultural and African philosophy, criticism of modernity, spirituality, and spirit ontologies. Approaches I use are critical theory, postcolonial theory, hermeneutics, deconstructivism and pragmatism.  

I supervise PhD candidates whose projects span African and Intercultural Philosophy, Continental Philosophy and Philosophy of Race. From 2020 on I coordinated the Graduate Winter Course (VU) on Intercultural Philosophy and Postcolonial Theory. At the Master's level I teach Social and Political Philosophy, Environmental Humanities and Philosophy of Culture and Governance (from a perspective of Race Theory), at Bachelor's level I teach Intercultural Philosophy (Diversifying), the Bachelor Thesis Seminar, and Intercultural Philosophy for non-philosophy students. 

Next to my research and teaching I aim to bring philosophy out of the ivory tower by writing a blog, giving lectures, and connecting to philosophers and philosophy students all over the world through social media. 

Academic qualification

PhD, Vroomheid, Vrede, Vrijheid. Een interpretatie van Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Award Date: 14 Jun 1996

Master, Philosophy, Universiteit Leiden

Award Date: 28 Aug 1987

Bachelor, Philosophy, Universiteit Leiden


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  • The Bantu Philosophy Project

    Roothaan, A., Mosima, P., Schalbroeck, E. & Meeuwis, M.


    Project: Research