Professor Lewis Gordon, the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Jewish Studies from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA spoke on the topic “Who Needs Philosophy, Who Needs Theory?: A Plea for the Decolonization of Knowledge from the Global South” on December 17, 2011.  Philosophy is an area of theoretical work often derelict on the matter of self-justification. He reflected on how philosophy faces accounting for itself as humanity struggles forth into an age of uncharted territory. The Global South could face this task as a follower, collaborator, or leader, but in any of these formulations, the question of accompanying knowledge must be addressed. Gordon’s talk examined this encomium through exploring what it means for knowledge to be colonized, colonizing knowledge, and the decolonization of thought.