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Staff Profile

Associate Professor Edwin Etieyibo

QualificationsLLB, BAHons, MBA, MA, PhD
Phone 0117174316
Organisational Unit Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Social and Political philosophy
  • Social contract Theories
  • Applied Ethics
  • African Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy

I got my PhD from the Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada. My dissertation (2009) was on “David Gauthier’s Moral Contractarianism and the Problem of Secession”, which critically examined Gauthier’s account of morality that links rationality with preferences explained by expected utility. Before joining the Wits’ Philosophy Department in 2012 I taught for a number of years both at Athabasca University and the University of Alberta.

I specialize in ethics, social and political philosophy, global justice, social contract theories/and history of, and have broad teaching and research interests and competence in history of philosophy, philosophy of children and education, epistemology, early modern philosophy (especially Descartes), bio-medical, business and environmental ethics, African socio-political economy and philosophy.

Some of my social and non-academic interests include operas and symphonies, sports, dancing, hiking, snow-playing, winetasting.

“African Philosophy: Past, Present and Future,” Philosophia Africana, Summer/Fall 2016 18(1):1-7 (With Jonathan Chimakonam).
“Religion, Culture, Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria,” African Journal of Disability 5(1):1-6 (With Odirin Omiegbe).
“Why Ought the Philosophy Curriculum in Universities in Africa be Africanized?” South African Journal of Philosophy (Special Issue, December 2016) 35(4): 404-417.
“African Philosophy and Proverbs: The Case of Logic in Urhobo Proverbs,” Philosophia Africana, Summer/Fall 2016 18(1):21-39.
“African Philosophy in the Eyes of the West,” Phronimon 17:2 [online], 2016 17 (1):1 20
“Guest Editor’s Introduction: The Task of Africanizing the Philosophy Curriculum,” South African Journal of Philosophy (Special Issue, December 2016) 35(4): 377-382.
“Information and Communication Technologies and African Youth in a Globalized World,” in Paul Ugor and Lord Mawuko-Yevugah (eds.), African Youth Cultures in a Globalized World: Challenges, Agency and Resistance, Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015, pp. 127-147. 
“Virtues, Freedom of Expression and Dissent, and Dēmokratía,” Social Action January 2 – March 2015, 65:1-16.
Descartes and Epistemology With or Without God, Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy, 2015, 16(1):65-86.
“The Question of Cultural Imperialism in African Philosophy,” in Jonathan O. Chimakonam (ed.) Atuolu Omalu: Some Unanswered Questions in Contemporary African Philosophy, Lanham, Maryland, University Press of America, 2015, pp.147-170.
“Themes in Brand Blanshard’s Coherence Theory of Truth,” Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy, 2014, 15(1):11-24. 
“Post-Modern Thinking and African Philosophy,” Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions 3(1): 67-82.
“Bargaining and Agreement in Gauthier’s Moral Contractarianism,” South African Journal of Philosophy, 32(3): 221-233. 
“The Case of Competency and Informed Consent,” Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics, S12:001. doi:10.4172/2155-9627.S12-001 (
“Preliminary Reflections on the Privatization Policy in Nigeria,” African Journal of Economic Management Studies, 4(1):144-152.
“The Ontological Presuppositions in Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X’s Philosophies of Black Liberation” in A Study in African Socio-Political Philosophy: Essays in Honour of Muyiwa Falaiye, Antony Okeregbe Samuel B. Jegede, Dotun Ogunkoya (eds.), Lagos, University of Lagos Press, 2012, pp19-43. 
“Cartesian Circle, the Principle of Clarity and Distinctness, and God”, Lumina, 23(1):81-93.
“Genetic Enhancement, Social Justice, and Welfare-oriented Patterns of Distribution,” Bioethics, 26(6):296-304.
“The Self, Individual Moral Responsibility and Community,” Testamentum Imperium, 2011 3:1-26.
“The Ethical Dimension of Ubuntu and its Relationship to Environmental Sustainability,” Journal of African Environmental Ethics and Values 1(1):116-130.
“‘God is Dead!’ Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and Some Reflections on Religiosity in Nigeria,” Nigerian Journal of Philosophy, 24(1): 1-17.
“An Outline of an Ecumenical Environmental Ethic,” The Trumpeter, 7(3):47-59.
Ethics of Government Privatization in Nigeria, Thought and Practice, 3(1):87-112.
“Privatization in Nigeria, Social Welfare, and the Obligation of Social Justice,” Journal of Economics, 2(1):37-44.
“Political Reparationists and the Moral Case for Reparations to Africa for Colonialism,” Africa Insight, 40(4):22-34.
“Cartesian Hyperbolic Doubts and the ‘Painting Analogy’ in the First Meditation,” Diametros, 24: 45-57.
“Libertarianism and the Dichotomy between Positive and Negative Rights,” An Anthology of Philosophical Studies, Patricia Hanna et al eds., Athens, Athens Institute for Education and Research, pp.403-419.
Book Reviews
“A Review of the New Africa - Dispatches from a Changing Continent” By Robert Press,
Ogirisi: A New Journal of African Studies, 11, 2015, pp.209-216.
“Understanding Ethics”, 3rd edition (Torbjörn Tännsjö) Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh Press, South African Journal of Philosophy, 33(3):375-376. 
“The Americans Are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa” (Robert Trent Vinson), African Historical Review, 46 (1): 98-101.
“The Founders: The Origins of the ANC and the Struggle for Democracy in South Africa” (André Odendaal), African Historical Review, 45 (2):142-144.
Other Publications
“Africanizing the Philosophy Curricula in Universities in Africa”, Art Africa Digital (Becoming African) November, 2015.