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    Personhood in a transhumanist context: An African perspective
    Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1): 53-78. 2018.
    Personhood is an extensively discussed theme in contemporary African philosophy, which has taken metaphysical, epistemological and normative dimensions. In Western philosophical traditions, discourse on personhood is transmuting to debates on transhumanism. Missing in the African philosophical literature is consideration of transhumanism and an explication of the relationship between personhood and transhumanism. In this article, I critically examine the relationship between personhood and trans…Read more
  •  53
    Hermeneutics in African philosophy
    Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 5 (2): 2-18. 2016.
    The aim of this paper is to re-examine the hermeneutic in the ongoing discourse on methodology in African philosophy. The diverse understanding of hermeneutics is not only limited to Western philosophy; in the few decades of its history in African philosophy, hermeneutics has also assumed different meanings. This paper discusses not only the historical evolution and development of hermeneutists in the West, but also the African hermeneutists: Tsenay Serequeberhan, Okonda Okolo, Sophie Oluwole, R…Read more
  •  52
    Towards an African Theory of Democracy
    Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (1): 101-126. 2009.
    This paper argues that there is a general absence of democratic theory in African political scholarship in terms of providing the underlying principles, meaning, canons and criteria of democracy in African culture. The paper exposes the conceptual errors implicit in the conflation of democracy as a concept and as practiced in different political systems. Consequently, it contends that an eclectic appraisal of our indigenous democratic values and practices as well as democratic ideas from other c…Read more
  •  50
    Cultural Universals and Particulars in the Philosophy of Kwasi Wiredu: Some Comments
    Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 2 (2): 19-47. 2010.
    This paper seeks to advance the horizon of Kwasi Wiredu’s philosophical defense of the compatibility of cultural universals and particulars. Wiredu reflects on language, biological identity, inter/intra cultural communication, as well as epistemic and moral fundamentals as cultural universals. In pursuing further Wiredu’s thesis on cultural universals, the present paper critically examines some of the inconsistencies implicit in Wiredu’s position. As a consequence, the paper extends the frontier…Read more
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    This article is a critique of Thaddeus Metz’s modal relational approach to moral status in African ethics. According to moral relationalism, a being has moral status if it exhibits the capacity for communal relationship as either a subject or an object. While Metz defends a prima facie plausibility of MR as an African account of moral status, this article provides a fresh perspective to the debate on moral status in environmental and ethical discourse. It raises two objections against MR: the ca…Read more
  •  40
    Racial identity, aesthetic surgery and Yorùbá African Values
    Developing World Bioethics 18 (3): 250-257. 2017.
    The question of racial identity in the process and outcome of aesthetic surgery is gaining increasing attention in bioethical discourse. This paper attempts an ethical examination of the racial identity issues involved in aesthetic surgery. Dominant moral values in Western culture are explored in the evaluation of aesthetic surgery. The paper argues that African values are yet to receive the universal attention they arguably deserve especially in the rethinking of values underlying aesthetic sur…Read more
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    African Bioethics vs. Healthcare Ethics in Africa: A Critique of Godfrey Tangwa
    Developing World Bioethics 16 (2): 98-106. 2015.
    It is nearly two decades now since the publication of Godfrey Tangwa's article, ‘Bioethics: African Perspective’, without a critical review. His article is important because sequel to its publication in Bioethics, the idea of ‘African bioethics’ started gaining some attention in the international bioethics literature. This paper breaks this relative silence by critically examining Tangwa's claim on the existence of African bioethics. Employing conceptual and critical methods, this paper argues t…Read more
  •  37
    A Philosophical Examination of the Traditional Yoruba Notion of Education and its Relevance to the Contemporary African Quest for Development
    with O. C. Macaulay-Adeyelure
    Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (2): 41-59. 2009.
    This paper undertakes a philosophical investigation of the implications of the traditional Yoruba understanding of education for the contemporary African quest for development. The paper argues that the Yoruba conception of education is marked bythe underlying philosophical principles of functionalism, moralism and progressivism. These principles, the paper contends, are of great relevance to the quest of contemporary African societies for education that will serve as a catalyst for development
  •  35
    In this biographical essay, I survey the life and time of Sophie Abosede Olayemi Oluwole as a student, scholar and researcher in African philosophy. I show how she emerged as one of the first women to obtain a PhD and subsequently attained the rank of professor of African philosophy in Africa. I show that it was J.B. Danquah who first introduced her to African philosophy which was later to become the main focus of her research. I argue that in the course of a research inAfrican philosophy spanni…Read more
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    Implications of Odera Oruka's ethics of consumerism for reducing globesity
    Developing World Bioethics 18 (3): 258-267. 2018.
    In this paper, I advance Odera Oruka's insights on the ethics of consumerism in order to draw relevant implications of his thoughts on rethinking the problem of obesity. I argue that Oruka's ethics of consumerism and his right to human minimum theory entail some salient ideas that might serve as a better ethical model for reducing the global obesity prevalence. Though Oruka's African moral philosophy is yet to receive universal attention it arguably deserves, the interests of the international a…Read more
  •  25
    Towards an African Theory of Democracy
    Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 1 (1): 101-126. 2009.
    This paper argues that there is a general absence of democratic theory in African political scholarship in terms of providing the underlying principles, meaning, canons and criteria of democracy in African culture. The paper exposes the conceptual errors implicit in the conflation of democracy as a concept and as practiced in different political systems. Consequently, it contends that an eclectic appraisal of our indigenous democratic values and practices as well as democratic ideas from other c…Read more
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    Teaching ancient African philosophy
    South African Journal of Philosophy 38 (3): 245-262. 2019.
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    The ongoing debate on how best to regulate international commercial surrogacy defies consensus, as the most cogent normative and jurisprudential grounds for and against non-altruistic surrogacy remain controversial. This paper contributes to the debate by focusing on social justice issues arising from transnational, moneymaking surrogacy, with a focus on the Global South. It argues that existing theoretical perspectives on balancing interests, rights, privileges, and resources in the context of …Read more
  •  21
    Is skin bleaching a moral wrong? An African bioethical perspective
    Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 41 (1): 1-22. 2020.
    Focusing on black communities in Africa, in this paper, I attempt an African bioethico-aesthetic deconstruction of the falsehood in colorist definitions of beauty purveyed by the migration of non-surgical cosmetics to Africa. I provide a novel ethical evaluation of the act of skin bleaching using principles of the African ethic of communion. I argue that skin bleaching is morally wrong to the extent that it promotes disharmonious relations and false identity in the beauty industry in Africa. Dra…Read more
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    H. Odera Oruka and the Question of Methodology in African Philosophy: A Critique
    Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 4 (2): 185-204. 2012.
    This paper examines the contribution of Henry Odera Oruka, a Kenyan philosopher, to the discourse on the problem of methodology in African philosophy. It interrogates the veracity of various critical reactions to Oruka’s thesis on philosophic sagacity, as well as his rejoinders to some of them. The paper posits that in spite of the formidable critiques against philosophic sagacity as an approach to African philosophy, there are still some aspects of it worthy of note. In building on the strength…Read more
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    Implications of African Conception of Personhood for Bioethics: Reply To Godfrey Tangwa
    Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 25 (1): 15-20. 2015.
    The question of what constitutes personhood is controversial in Western bioethical literature especially in relation to its implications for healthcare. Godfrey Tangwa explores the traditional African perspective of a person and maintains that it is different totally from the Western perception as there is no dichotomy between a person and a human being in the African context. He defends a conception of personhood as a moral agent rather than a moral patient, which the Western view focuses on. T…Read more
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    A Popperian Perspective on Poverty and Epistemic Injustice in Africa
    with Paul Tosin Saint-Wonder
    In Oseni Taiwo Afisi (ed.), Karl Popper and Africa: Knowledge, Politics and Development, Springer. pp. 205-218. 2021.
    This chapter investigates the problem of knowledge production on economic poverty in Africa as, largely, an instance of epistemic injustice. It applies Karl Popper’s critical rationalism to the issue of knowledge production on poverty. Methodologies of researches on poverty in Africa subtly promotes intended epistemic injustices against the subjects as the poor are underrepresented in knowledge about them; the experiences of the poor are often ignored, and their epistemic capacity for unearthing…Read more
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    Against Consensual Governance in Africa: A Reply to Barry Hallen
    Second Order: An African Journal of Philosophy  2 (1-2): 33-51. 2020.
    In this paper, I attempt a critical assessment of Hallen’s case for reconsidering consensual democracy in Africa and argue that it is unconvincing. In furthering the discourse, I argue against a case for consensual democracy by exposing some other salient problematic aspects of Wiredu’s model of consensual governance. Contra Wiredu and Hallen on non-party consensual governance, I make a case for enriching majoritarian democracy through a fusion of some moral-ontological aspects of indigenous pol…Read more
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    Editorial: Mapping recent issues in African Philosophy
    Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 7 (1). 2018.
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    The central theses of Oduwole are: first, that Olodumare cannot be exonerated from the philosophical problem of evil for He possesses similar attributes to the theistic God in Judeo-Christian tradition; and second, that the Yoruba hold a strong dialectical principle of Ire and Ibi in their daily world encounters. This paper challenges these positions as inaccurate representations of the Yoruba African understanding of the nature of evil. It exposes the conceptual errors that fraught Oduwole’s pa…Read more