Dr Udefi C.A.





Cornelius Amaechi UDEFI 


Academic and Professional Qualifications

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


Senior Lecturer


Area of Specialisation




Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.




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Research Projects/Activities


In Progress

  1. “The Rationality Crisis in Science and the Imperative of Post modern Discourse and Traditional African Thought”
  2.  “Conceptualizing Knowledge in Africa: A Case of Igbo Epistemology”


Dissertation and Thesis

  1. “The Rationalist and Empiricist Theories of Knowledge: Attempted Synthesis” (1986) B.A. Long Essay, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar
  2. “A Critique of Rene Descartes’ Cogito Ergo Sum”, (1988) M.A. Project, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan
  3. “A Critique of the Idea of African Epistemology”, (2000) Ph.D Thesis, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan



  1. Udefi, C.A. (1994) “Philosophy as a Foundational Discipline” in R.D.Abubakre, M.A.Akanji R.A. Akanmidu (eds.) Reading in General Studies in Nigeria, UniIlorin Library and Publications Committee, Ilorin, pp. 181-191 (ISBN: 978-30679-1-5)
  2. Udefi, C.A. (1997), “Rorty and the Demise of Philosophy” in G.O. Ozumba (ed) The Great philosophers vol. II, Vitalis Books, Aba, pp. 138 – 146 (ISBN: 978-2988-01-4)
  3. Udefi, Amaechi and Dipo Irele, (1999), “One the Question of African Philosophy” in Dipo Irele (ed) Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Reasoning , New Horn Press, Ibadan, pp.128-135 (ISBN 978-32518-5-6.
  4. Udefi Amaechi (2004) “Philosophy: Meaning, Method and Application” in F.A. Adeigbo (ed). Philosophy and Logic A Critical Introduction, General Studies Programme, University of Ibadan, pp, 3-12 (ISBN: 978-37619-6-x)
  5. Udefi Amaechi (2005) “African Philosophy, Culture and Society” in S. Ademola Ajayi (ed.) African Culture and Civilization, Atlantis Books, Ibadan, pp. 246-256 (ISBN 978-35454-5-0).
  6. Udefi Amaechi (2005) “Theoretical Foundations for an African Epistemology” in R.A Akanmidu (ed.) Footprints in Philosophy, Hope Publications, Ibadan, pp. 74-83 (ISBN: 978-8080-17-0) 
  7. Udefi, Amaechi, (2009), “Family and the Development of Personal Values” in Olusegun Oladipo and A.B. Ekanola (eds). The Development Philosophy of Emmanuel Onyechere Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe vol.1, Hope Publications Ibadan, pp. 148-159. (ISBN 978-8080-48-0).
  8. Udefi C.A. (1995) “A review of In the Tracks of African Predicament: Philosophy and Contemporary Socio-Economic and political Problems of Africa” by Dipo Irele, Options Books and Information Services, Ibadan, 1993, Quest An International African Journals of Philosophy. The Netherlands, Vol. IX, No. 1, June, pp 155-157. (The Netherlands) (ISSN: 1011-226).
  9. Udefi, Amaechi C. (1996) “A Philosophical view of Indiscipline in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions”. Comcap Journal Communication Culture and Philosophy, University of Ilorin, No. 1, August, pp. 124-132 (Ilorin, Nigeria) (ISSN: 1119-5894) 
  10. Udefi, C.A. (1997) “Knowledge and Social Practice: A Rortyan Critique of Traditional Epistemology” Center Point Journal of intellectual, Scientific and Cultural Interest, University of Ilorin, Vol. 7 No. 2 May, pp. 147-157 (Ilorin, Nigeria) (ISSN; 0331-1988).
  11. Udefi, Amaechi, (1998) “Knowledge and its Criteria: An Analysis of their Implications for the Teaching and Practice of Education” Journal of Philosophy and Development, Ogun State University Ago-Iwoye, Vol. 4, Nos. 1& 2 January, pp. 61-71 (Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria) (ISSN: 117-7678)
  12. Udefi, Amaechi (1998) “A Review of Ethics and Poverty: Inquiry in Moral Philosophy” by R.A. Akanmidu Banfik Educational Publishers, 1995, Alore Ilorin Journal of the Humanities, University of Ilorin, Vol. 9. No. 1, pp. 161-167 (Ilorin, Nigeria) (ISSN: 0794-455).
  13. Udefi Amaechi (2007) “A Critique of the Analytic Trend in African Philosophy”, Filosofia International Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Association of the Philippines, Vol. 36, No. 2 May pp. 155-161. (Manila, Philippines) (ISSN: 0115-8988).
  14. Udefi Amaechi (2007) “Challenging the Academic Tradition: Revisiting the Problems of Violence and Gang-subsculture in Nigeria’s Tertiary Education”, International Journal of Distance Education, University of Ibadan, Vol. 2, May, pp. 111-138 (Ibadan, Nigeria). (ISSN: 0795-0065).
  15. Udefi, Amaechi, (2009), “Application of Moral Education to the Problems of Indiscipline and Misconduct in Nigerian Universities” Lumina: An Interdisciplinary Research and Scholarly Journal, Holy Name University, Bohol, Philippines vol. 20, No.1 March, pp19-36 (Bohol, Philippines).
  16. Udefi; Amaechi, (2009), “Rorty’s Neopragmatism and the Imperative of the Discourse of African Epistemology” Human Affairs: A Post Disciplinary Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences Slovak Academy of Sciences, vol. 19, No.1 March, pp 78-86 (Bratislava, Slovakia) (ISSN 1210-3055).
  17. Udefi, Amaechi, (2009), “Metaphysics and the Challenge of Logical Positivism: An Interrogation” Journal of Social Sciences: Interdisciplinary Reflection of Contemporary Society, Kamla-Raj Enterprises, vol. 21, No.1, October, pp 7-11 (Delhi India) (ISSN 0971-8923).
  18. Udefi Amaechi, (2009) “An Analysis of some Contemporary Alternatives to Traditional Epistemology” Kaygi, Journal of Philosophy, Uludag University, Vol. 12 Spring, pp 11-26 (Bursa, Turkey) (ISSN 1303-4251).
  19. Udefi, Amaechi (2010), “Philosophy and Igbo Cultural Practices” Philosophia, International, Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Association of the Philippines, Vol. 39: No. 1. January, pp. 30-42 (Paco, Manila, Philippines) (ISSN 0115-8988).
  20. Udefi, Amaechi (2010), (ed.) Philosophy and The Sciences An Invitation to Interdisciplinary Studies, Stirling-Horden Publishers Ltd, Ibadan (forth coming).