Prof. Oyeshile O.A.

Oyeshile O.A.||University of Ibadan 



OYESHILE, Olatunji Alabi 


Academic and Professional Qualifications

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




Area of Specialisation




Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.




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Research Projects/Activities


In Progress

  1. University of Ibadan Senate Research Grant 2006. Title of Research: Communal Obligation, Economic Dependency and Africa’s Development Agenda in a Global Capitalist Economic Order: The Example of Modern Yoruba Society.  


Dissertation and Thesis

  1. M.A. Dissertation: Sartre’s concept of Freedom and the Illusion of objectivity, University of Ibadan, 1993.
  2. Ph.D. Thesis: Conflict of values between the community and the Individual in Traditional Yoruba Belief system, University of Ibadan, 2002.



  1. Oyeshile, O.A. (1997), “Sartre’s Ontology and the subjectivity of the Individual”, in G.O. Ozumba (ed.), The Great Philosophers, Vol. II, Aba Vitalis Books, pp. 182-212. ABSTRACT
  2. Oyeshile, O.A. & Ugwuanyi, L.O (1997), Elements of Philosophy and Logic, Benin City:  Favourite Publishers; 2nd Edition, (2006), Benin City: Timeless Publishers.
  3. Oyeshile, O.A. (1998) A Compendium of Philosophical and Political Quotations, Ibadan: Hope Publications.
  4. Oyeshile, O.A. (1999), “Logic and Life” in A. Fadahunsi (ed.), Philosophy and Society, Ibadan: Hope Publications, Pp. 34-46. ABSTRACT
  5. Oyeshile, O.A. (1999), “The Nature of Scientific Reasoning”, in J.O. Irele (ed.), Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Reasoning, Ibadan: New Horn, pp. 102-115. ABSTRACT
  6. Oyeshile, O.A. (2000), “Philosophy and Language: The Nature of the Philosophers Interest in Language”, in A.O. Babajide (ed.), Studies in English Language Ibadan: ECFP, PP. 168-181.
  7. Oyeshile, O.A. (2000), “The Problem of Mind”, in K.A Owolabi (ed.), Issues and Problems in Philosophy, Ibadan: Grovacs, pp. 105-121. ABSTRACT
  8. Oyeshile, O.A. (2004), “The Nature of Arguments and Informal Fallacies”, in F.A. Adeigbo (ed.), Philosophy and Logic: A Critical Introduction, Ibadan: Loud Book Publishers, Pp. 65-80. ABSTRACT
  9. Oyeshile, O.A. (2005), “An Existentialist Critique of  Husserlian Phenomenological Approach to knowledge” in R.A. Akanmidu (ed.), Footprints in Philosophy, Ibadan: Hope Publications, Pp, 40-63. ABSTRACT
  10. Oyeshile, O.A. (2006), “The Individual-Community Relationship as an Issue in Social and Political Thought” in O. Oladipo (ed.), Core Issues in African Philosophy, Ibadan: Hope Publications, Pp. 102-119. ABSTRACT
  11. Oyeshile, O.A. (2006), “Idealism VS Pragmatism in the Production of Knowledge in Nigerian Universities”, in J. Kenny (ed.), The Idea of An African University: The Nigerian Experience. Nigerian Philosophical Studies II, Washington, D.C: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Pp.95-108. ABSTRACT
  12. Oyeshile, O.A. (2006) “Some Philosophical Problems” in O. Oladipo and P. Akinsanya (eds.), Philosophy and Logic: An Introduction, Ibadan: Hope Publications, pp. 36-47. ABSTRACT
  13. Oyeshile, O.A. & Akinsanya, P. (2006) “Issues in African Philosophy” in O. Oladipo and P. Akinsanya (eds.) Philosophy and Logic: An Introduction, Ibadan: Hope Publications pp. 48-57.
  14. Oyeshile O.A. (2006), “Aristolelian Logic” in O. Oladipo and P. Akinsanya (eds.) Philosophy and Logic: An Introduction Ibadan: Hope Publications, pp. 88-103.
  15. Oyeshile, O.A. (2007), “Colonialism, Intellectual Terrorism and Nation – States in Africa” in A.A. Oladosu (ed.), Islam in Contemporary Africa: On Violence, Terrorism and Development, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Pp. 130-141.
  16. Oyeshile O.A., “Happiness And God’s Will: A Humanist Perspective” Appeared in African Americans for Humanism Examiner, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 2000, Pp. 4-5 & Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 2000, P. 3, Amherst, New York.
  17. Oyeshile, O.A. (2000), “Corruption and Underdevelopment, in Nigeria”, Recall: A Chronicle of Nigerian Events No. I, Jan (2000) Pp. 53-59.
  18. Oyeshile, O.A. (2002), “Towards an African Concept of a person: Person in Yoruba, Akan and Igbo Thoughts”, Orita: Ibadan Journal of Religious Studies, XXXIV/1-2, June & December, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Pp. 104-114.
  19. Oyeshile, O.A. (2002), “George Berkeley’s Idealist Critique of Materialism: The Existential Consequences”, West African Journal of Philosophical Studies (WAJOPS), Vol. 5, December, A publication of Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA), Pp. 79-97.
  20. Oyeshile, A.O. (2002), “Morality and its Rationale: The Yoruba Example”, Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies, Nos. 11 & 12, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Pp. 90-98.
  21. Oyeshile, O.A. (2002/2003), “On What Exists: Beyond Strawson’s Ontology of Basic Particulars”, Nigerian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 20, No. 1 & 2. Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos. Pp.1-32.
  22. Oyeshile, O.A. (2003), “The Development of Science and Technology in Africa: The Phenomenological Option”, SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 5, No. 2, April, Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Calabar, Pp. 89-108.
  23. Oyeshile, O.A (2003), “Traditional Yoruba Social–Ethical Values and Governance in Modern Africa”, PHILOSOPHIA AFRICANA: Analysis of Philosophy and Issues in Africa and The Black Diaspora, Vol. 6, No. 2, August, Department of Philosophy, De Paul University, Chicago, IL, Pp. 81-88.
  24. Oyeshile, O.A. (2003), “Predestination and Freewill in The Yoruba Concept of a person: Contradictions and Paradoxes”, Philosophy, Culture and Traditions: A Journal of the World Union of Catholic Philosophical Societies, Vol. 2, Department of Philosophy, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada, Pp. 99-107.
  25. Oyeshile, O.A. (2004), “Freedom and Human Value in Sartre’s Existentialism: An Appraisal”, SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 6, No. 2, April, Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Calabar, Pp. 122-138.
  26. Oyeshile, O.A. (2004), “Globalization and Contemporary Africa: A Universalist – Foundationalist Interpretation”, International Review of Politics and Development (IRPAD), Vol. 2, No.2, June, A Journal of the Department of Political Science and Sociology, Babcock University, Ilisan Remo, pp. 14-23.
  27. Oyeshile, O.A. (2004), “The African World-view science and the Quest for Development”, International Journal of African Culture and Ideas, Vol. 4, No.1, June, Department of General Studies, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Pp. 99-107
  28. Oyeshile, O.A. (2004), “Communal Values, Cultural Identity and the Challenge of Development in Contemporary Africa,” The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Vol. 29, No.3 (Fall), A Journal of the Council for social and Economic Studies, Washington, D.C. U.S.A, Pp. 291-303.
  29. Oyeshile, O.A. (2004), “Quine’s Naturalized Epistemology: A Critique” Obitun: Journal of the Humanities Vol.3, No. 4, October, Faculty of Arts, University of Ado-Ekiti, Pp. 59-63.
  30. Oyeshile, O.A. (2005), “Two Versions of Communitarian Theory of Person in African Philosophy: Facts and Fallacies”, Journal of Philosophy of Nature, Vol. 2, No. 2, Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cape Cosist, Cape Coast, Ghana, Pp. 45-62.
  31. Oyeshile, O.A. (2005) Reconciling The Self with the Other: An Existentialist Perspective on the Management of Ethnic Conflicts in Africa, Ibadan: Hope Publications.