Tanella Boni, Full Professor of Philosophy and Writer, Félix Houphouët-Boigny University, Abidjan, was born in 1954 (Abidjan, Ivory Coast). Her main areas of interest include : History of Philosophy, Ethics, Literature and Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, The place of Africans in globalization.
She did her advanced studies -Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles- in France (Toulouse and Paris). Philosophy studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne : Doctorate (troisième cycle) in 1979 (The Object, the Status and the Place of Theology in Plato and Aristotle). Doctorate (Doctorat d’Etat) in 1987 (The Idea of Life in Aristotle). Administrative positions held in addition to teaching and research: Head of the Department of Philosophy (1982-1984); Editor-in-Chief of the Annales de Lettres (1986-1993); Vice- Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (1993-1997); Program Director at the International College of Philosophy, Paris (1992-1998). Visiting professor at several universities and research institutions since the 2000s and member of some research networks and scientific societies.
Vice-President of CIPSH (2002-2006). Vice-President of FISP (2013-2018). Member of ASCAD (Academy of Arts, Sciences, Cultures of Africa and African Diasporas, Abidjan, 2015 ). Also a member of Academy of Religious, Social and Political Sciences (Dakar, 2021)
Her work includes philosophical and interdisciplinary essays, novels, and poetry collections. She is a winner of several prizes.
Coming soon (2022) : Le poème n’est pas un objet perdu (poetry); Insoutenable frontière (poetry). Sans parole ni poignée de main (novel)
Among latest publications and papers :
-“What Does Being in the World Mean? Thinking Life and Domestic Bonds in Twenty- First Africa”, in African Philosophy for the Twenty-First Century, Edited by Jean Godefroy Bidima and Laura Hengehold, Rowman and Littlefield, 2021.
-« Les mots et les images de la relation entre l’un et l’autre », in Diogène n°267-268, Regards pluriels sur les féminismes d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, d’ici et d’ailleurs, 2020.
- Editor of the Proceedings of the International Symposium Politics of Dignity, Abidjan, NEB, 2018.
- "Why is Woman the Other?", in Companion to Simone de Beauvoir, edited by Laura Hengehold and Nancy Bauer, Wiley Blackwell, 2017.
- "Feminism, Philosophy and Culture in Africa", in Companion to Feminist Philosophy, edited by Ann Garry, Serene J. Khader, Alison Stone, Routledge Publishing, 2017.
- "A Habitable World and the Half of Humanity", paper presented at the World Conference of Humanities, Liège, 2017.
- "Weaving the Link or How to Think the World Today", presented at the Symposium "Contested Modernities", University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, 2017.
- "What is a Dignified Life? Diogenes n ° 253, 2016. Paper presented at the Abidjan symposium, Politics of Dignity (May 31-June 4, 2016).
- "Beyond Equality and Difference, What Makes the Human ? « Istanbul Talks », IIP, 2016.