‘Ezumezu’ and ‘African Philosophy as Critical Universalism’: Engaging African Intuitions for Normative Theory in a Pluriverse

May 27, 2019 - May 29, 2019
Department of Philosophy and Religion, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ebonyi State University Abakaliki

Main Campus - Faculty of Arts Lecture Theatre


  • The Conversational School of Philosophy
  • Professor Clement Osunwokeh, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ebonyi State University
  • Grace Umezurike PhD, Director of General Studies, Ebonyi State University



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This special workshop on the nature and significance of Postcolonial African Philosophy is primarirly motivated by two recent publications. The first, Ezumezu: A System of Logic for African Philosophy and Studies (Springer 2019) by Jonathan O. Chimakonam PhD (Senior Lecturer, University of Calabar, Nigeria), articulates a novel system of logic known as 'Ezumezu' in African philosophy as a distinct tradition of academic philosophy. The second, Paulin Hountondji – African Philosophy as Critical Universalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) by Franziska Dübgen PhD (Professor of Philosophy, University of Münster, Germany) and Stefan Skupien PhD (Postdoctoral Researcher, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany) is a critical and systematic study of the works of Paulin Hountondji - one of the most influential authors in African philosophy. The workshop is designed to reflect on two broad questions:

What is the nature and possible significance of Ezumezu as a system of logic in African philosophy? 

What is the nature and possible significance of Paulin Hountondji's critical universalism in a pluralistic world?

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:

Professor Uduma Oji Uduma PhD (Keynote Speaker), National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja

Mesembe Ita Edet PhD, Associate Professor, University of Calabar

Charles N. Okolie PhD, Associate Professor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University

Martin F. Asiegbu PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Nigeria Nsukka

Kingsley N. Okoro PhD, Senior Lecturer, Alex Ekwueme Federal University

Peter Chukwu PhD, Lecturer, Ebonyi State University

Mirian Ngozi Alike PhD, Lecturer, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Chukwugozie Nwoye PhD, Lecturer, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University

Eni Chima Uduma PhD, Academic Philosopher/Executive Chairman Afikpo South LGA

L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya PhD, Research Fellow, Conversational School of Philosophy (CSP)

Francis Chigozie Ofoegbu PhD, Lecturer, Alex Ekwueme Federal University

Osita Nnajiofor PhD, Lecturer, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Amiara Solomon, Lecturer, Ebonyi State University

Amara Esther Ani, Doctoral Student, University of Lagos

Amaobi Nelson Osuala, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Ibadan

Chukwueloka S. Uduagwu, Doctoral Candidate, University of Calabar

Ogbu James, Academic Philosopher/Faculty Officer, Ebonyi State University

Yusuf Zakaria, Postgraduate Student, University of Jos

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May 24, 2019, 11:00pm WAT

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