Christopher Oyoo Yaye

Christopher Oyoo Yaye

What brought you to work or get interested in the Congress’ fields?

Being a young scholar and philosopher in Kenya, I got interested in the congress first, because it was a philosophical congress; and I wanted to have the feel of philosophical discussions and ­engagements at its apex.
Second, and more importantly, having learned western ­philosophy (in general at both undergraduate and graduate levels) I was ­interested in the various perspectives of philosophy of science; and so, meeting the philosophical gurus in these fields could have not been timelier.

What has your participation to the Congress brought you?

I was greatly challenged!
As a young lecturer in the university, I got a new impetus of how to approach the teaching of philosophy (of science) in ­Kenyan ­universities and colleges. While at the moment, Kenyan ­universities have not delved into teaching philosophy of science as such to candidates undertaking sciences (this is restricted to those doing philosophy at the 3rd and 4th year undergraduate levels-and postgraduates), I got challenged that, perhaps it is high time philosophy of science was made a compulsory component of the curriculum of sciences. This will be similar approach to that of faculty of education where all candidates are subjected to ­philosophy of education; in the same line, even those doing ­languages need to be subjected to do philosophy of language.

What is your opinion about your portrait?

The portraits are impressive!
The two attached portraits give the conference its greatest ­necessary value: the thinking component, characterised by ­critico-analytical pause is depicted by my portrait. The social ­component of the congress’ value where philosophers share ­together their ideas as they break for tea (meals?) is depicted by the other.
Thanks to Olivier Toussaint for his professionalism! I wish I would get more of the portraits.


Christopher Oyoo Yaye - Pwani University College