Philosophy and the Existential Challenges of the 21st Century

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June 30, 2023
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Essence Journal: Interdisciplinary-International Journal of Concerned African Philosophers
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The challenges of the 21st Century are the subject matter of this special issue of Essence, Interdisciplinary- International Journal of Concerned African Philosophers is to maintain and continue the ancient Greek and African traditions of philosophical reflections on moral, metaphysical and existential challenges of humankind. In other words, this is an open-ended and historical question which
continues to confront generations and centuries of humanity as they search for what constitute reality and solutions to human
curiosity and predicament. An ever recurring theme and question in the history of philosophy and thought , the existential challenges
of the 21st are not isolated, accidental and unique but an inherited masma, subject of wonder and curiosity from the cradle of
civilizations. Therefore, reflections on humanity's problems are inexorable; ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates said, “unexamined
life is not worth living.” Ionian Philosophers wondered on the fundamental stuff of life and universe in general,” water, air, atom…
St. Augustine's plenitude sought to solve the problem of moral and metaphysical evil. Is the heliocentric model (the sun as the center of
the universe) or geocentric model (the earth as the centre of the universe) the answer to the mysteries of the galaxies?

The Renaissance philosophers seem to have liberated human from orthodoxy and dogmatism to chart path for human progress. The
Social Contract philosophers elevated humankind from state of nature to civil society and contemporary philosophy, a hybrid of
philosophy and science, gives science a human existential phase and face. The ancient Egyptian proverb, “man know thyself” is not
only a prelude but also a forerunner to understanding existential challenges, now and in the future, even as Franz Fanon warned that
“each generation must out of relative obscurity discover itself or fulfill it.” 20th century philosophers, mainly existentialists and
phenomenologists like Karl Marx, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger tinkered on how to live in a turbulent world preempting the
challenges of the 21st Century. Maduabuchi Dukor (2015) “Adam exists in the Mind of Man; The Existential phenomenological
ontology of Human predicament” in Special Issue of Joint publication of Open Journal of Philosophy, U.S.A and Essence,
International – Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 10, No. 1 2015, may be a resounding reference given that in it is the
genesis of human challenges because of Adamic sin, disobedience and misuse of freewill in the garden of Eden.

Against the above background, we call for philosophical reflections on the existential challenges of humankind in the 21st Century from all field of human studies, namely philosophy, religion, history, sociology, political science, and sciences within but not limited to these sub-themes:

Challenges of Moral and Metaphysical Evils
God's place in Humanity
Threat of World War III
Criminality and Banditry
Small Arms, and Light Weapons Proliferations
Food and Hunger
Climate Change, Natural Disasters, Earthquake, etc
Environmental Challenges
Health Care and Medicare
COVID-19 and related Health Challenges
Failure of States and Governance related problems
Poverty, Hate Speech and Fake News
Feminism, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
Justice and Rule of Law
Racism, Ethnicism, Xenophobia, Apartheid,
Anti-semitism, Imperialism and Intolerance
Religious Bigotry and Secularism
Transgender , Transhumanism, Personhood, Identity,
Autonomy and Sovereignty
Nanotechnologies and Nanomedicine
Philosophical implications of G4 and G5

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