Dr Afolayan A.L.





Adeshina L. AFOLAYAN


Academic and Professional Qualifications

B.A (Hons), M.A, PhD (Ib)


Lecturer I


Area of Specialisation




Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.




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Research Projects/Activities


In Progress

  1. “Philosophy and the Dilemma of National Development in Nigeria”: 


Dissertation and Thesis

  1. “Development and the Imperative of Cultural Exchange” (1998), M.A. project, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
  2. “Social Identity, Democracy and the Idea of the Nation-State” (2006), Ph.D thesis, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.



  1. Afolayan, A. L. (2002), “The Globalisation Myth: Cultural Exchange and the Problem of African Development,” Bamikole, L. O. (ed.) Essays in Comparative Philosophy (Lagos: Majab Publishers), pp. 35-56. ISBN: 978-32402-x-4
  2. Afolayan, A. L. (2004), “The Scope and Method of Philosophy: A Prelude to the Defence of a Multidisciplinary Philosophy,” in Adeniyi, O. R. (ed.) Philosophy and Logic (Lagos: Newsletter Ltd), pp. 18-34. ISBN: 978-062-877-0
  3. Afolayan, A. L. (2004), “The Idea of Politics and Philosophy,” in Adeniyi, O. R. (ed.) Philosophy and Logic (Lagos: Newsletter Ltd), ISBN: 978-062-877-0, pp. 107-124. ISBN: 978-062-877-0
  4. Afolayan, A. L. (2005), “Defining the Philosophical: A Brief Statement,” in Z. B. Ogundare (ed.) The Language of Philosophy and Logic (Ibadan: Ar-Ridaa Graphics), pp. 2- 18. ISBN: 978-055-902-7
  5. Afolayan, A. L. (2006), “Some Methodological Issues in the History   of African Philosophy” in Olusegun Oladipo (ed.) Core Issues in African Philosophy (Ibadan: Hope Publications), pp. 21-40. ISBN: 978-8080-14-6
  6. Afolayan, A. L. (2006), “The Language Question in African Philosophy,” in Olusegun Oladipo (ed.) Core Issues in African Philosophy (Ibadan: Hope Publications), pp. 41-58. ISBN: 978-8080-14-6
  7. Afolayan, A. L. (2007), “Politics and the Colour line: An Outline of African-American Political Thought” in A. A. Agagu and Femi Omotoso (eds.) Selected Issues in African Political Thought (Porto Novo: L’Institut Universitaire Sonou D’Afrique), pp. 52-73. ISBN: 978-99919-67-45-5
  8. Afolayan, A. L. (2007), “The Rise and Fall of Development: The Discourse of African Development from an Epistemic Standpoint” in Ike Odimegwu (ed.) Perspectives on African Communalism (Victoria BC: Trafford Publishing), pp. 324-345. ISBN: 1-4251-1204-8
  9. Afolayan, A. L. (2007), “In the Grip of Empire: Africa and the Colonial Moment in the Global Order,” in Ike Odimegwu, Godalex Ezeani and Fidelis Aghamelu (eds.) Philosophy, Democracy and Conflicts in Africa (Awka: FAB Educational Books), pp. 321-338. ISBN: 978-8039-62-6
  10. Afolayan, A. L. (2008), “African Philosophy as the Love of Wisdom,” in M. F. Asiegbu and J. C. Agbakoba (eds.) Four Decades of African Philosophy: Issues and Perspectives (Ibadan: Hope Publications), pp. 141-160. ISBN: 978-8080-44-8
  11. Afolayan, A. L. (2009), “Patriotism as a Core National Value in Anyiam-Osigwe’s Political Philosophy,” in Olusegun Oladipo and Adebola B. Ekanola (eds.) The Development Philosophy of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe, Vol. 1: Personal Values, Personal Awareness and Self-Mastery (Ibadan: Hope Publications), pp. 62-73. ISBN: 978-8080-48-0
  12. Afolayan, A. L. (2009), “Violence and the Debt of Honour: Cultural Identity and the Shape of Terror in the Global Postmodern,” in Ayodeji Olukoju and Muyiwa Falaiye (eds.) Global Understanding in the Age of Terrorism (Lagos: University of Lagos Press), pp. 89-108. ISBN: 978-48712-3-5
  13. Afolayan, A. L. (1999), “Ethnicity, Democracy and the Public Sphere: A Review Essay on Dipo Irele, Democracy and the Public Sphere,” Current Viewpoint, Vol. 1, Nos. 1 & 2, Hope Publications, Ibadan, Nigeria, pp. 63-70
  14. Afolayan, A. L. (2000), “Restructuring Federalism and the Politics of Recognition: A Review of Kunle Amuwo, et al Federalism and Political Restructuring in Nigeria,” Current Viewpoint, Vol. 2, Nos. 1 & 2, Ibadan, Nigeria, pp. 90-91
  15. Afolayan, A. L. (2001), “Hegemony and the Nigerian Condition: A Reply to Irele,” Current Viewpoint, Vol. 3, Nos. 1 & 2, Ibadan, Nigeria, pp. 36-42.
  16. Afolayan, A. L. (2002), “Demystifying Philosophy in the African Predicament: A Review Essay on J. Obi Oguejiofor, Philosophy and the African Predicament,” Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies, Nos. 11 & 12, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, pp. 99-109.
  17. Afolayan, A. L. (2002), “On a Postcolonial Culture: Language, Ideology and Cultural Essentialism,” Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 7, Issue I, Autumn, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA, pp. 1-11
  18. Afolayan, A. L. (2003), “Redefining the National Project: Identity, Democracy and the Nation-State,” International Review of Politics and Development, vol. 1, No. 1, Jan. of Political Science and Sociology, Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Nigeria, pp. 76-91
  19. Afolayan, A. L. (2004), “Ontology and the Self-Image: An Outline of the Moral Subject in the Liberal-Communitarian Debate,” Journal of Philosophy and Related Disciplines (JOPRED), Vol. 2, No. 2, Department of Philosophy, University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, pp. 126-140.
  20. Afolayan, A. L. (2004), “A Burst of Unity: Nigerian Nationalism at The Hague,” Journal of Contemporary Studies and Research, Vol. 1, No. 1, Department of Political Science, University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, pp. 47-63
  21. Afolayan, A. L. (2006), “Useful Fictions and Mere Models: Commonsense Realism and Science,” Obitun, Vol. 4, No. 2,  May, Faculty of Arts, University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, pp. 94-115.
  22. Afolayan, A. L. (2006), “Rawls in the African Predicament:  Some Theoretical Considerations,” Journal of Philosophy and Culture, Vol. 3, No. 1, January, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, pp. 17-47.
  23. Afolayan, A. L. (2007), “L’emotion est negre: Senghor and the Poetics of African Consciousness and Identity,” Studies in Social and Political Thought, No. 13, March, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, pp. 89-107.
  24. Afolayan, A. L. (2007), “Beyond Postmodernism: The Philosophy of Decolonisation and the Dilemma of African Scholarship,” South Pacific Journal of Philosophy and Culture, Vol. 9, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, pp. 113-132.
  25. Afolayan, A. L. (2008), “Is Postmodernism Meaningful in Yoruba?” Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 39, No. 2, Summer, North American Society for Social Philosophy, Malden, MA, USA pp. 209-224.
  26. Afolayan, A. L. (2009), “Resignifying the Universal: Critical Commentary on the Postcolonial African Identity and Development,” Human Affairs, Vol. 19, No. 4, December, A Publication of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia, pp. 363-377.
  27. Afolayan, A. L. (2009), “Poverty as Statecraft: Preliminary Reflections on African Leadership,” Lumina, Vol. 21, No. 2, October, The Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines (Now in print).
  28. Afolayan, A. L.  (2002), Nationalism and the Nation-State (Ibadan: Hope Publications) ISBN: 978-36548-6-1