In this paper I sketch the main elements of Heinz Kimmerle's conceptualisation of intercultural philosophy: a new concept of difference that makes possible a new take on "different and
equal" which is the foundation for real dialogue. I interrogate the concept of culture in intercultural philosophy, and argue that for
the South African context sufficient emphasis must be placed on power relations as they impact on cultures and the legacy of a history of cultural domination. I try to show that Kimmerle's notion of the equality of cultures implies that a particular context is taken
seriously as a valid instance of the human condition, and in that sense it is of equal status with all other situations. All "localities"
are linked in some way or another. It thus belongs to adequately conceptualising the thoughts and feelings of a specific locality that
the need for dialogue should be reflected. A philosophy that negates these shifts would be disqualified as inadequate. The fact that it seeks dialogue is indicative of the experience of an aporia. It is lack, incompleteness, which is universal. I also tentatively propose "contextual philosophy" as a more appropriate name for
intercultural philosophy in South Africa.