J.O. FAMAKINWA

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
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J.O. Famakinwa

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria
  • email famakinpekun@oauife.edu.ng, famakinpekun@gmail.com
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  • phone +234 703 205 0042, +234 807 765 3823
  • place HB1, Room 206, Department of Philosophy

Dr. Famakinwa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The M.A. Thesis focuses on the meta-ethical debate between moral realists and moral anti-realists. The PhD thesis examines the core issues in communitarianism and liberalism in political philosophy. The thesis is a detailed discussion of the communitarian and liberal views on issues such as the community, the individual, the common good, equality, justice, rights, autonomy and state neutrality.


Dr. Famakinwa is the author of ‘The Liberal Common Good’ (Diametros 2007), ‘The Moderate Communitarian Individual and the Primacy of Duties’ (Blackwell 2010), ‘Is the Unexamined Life worth Living or Not?’ (Cambridge University Press 2012), ‘The Communitarian Community Membership and the Support for an Entry Visa’ (Taylor and Francis 2015), ‘Revisiting Community Membership in the New Communitarian Global Community’ (International Association of Greek Philosophy 2016).


He recently co-authored ‘A Critique of Gyekye’s Critique of Normative Cultural Relativism’ (Accepted for publication). Between 2007-2009 he served as a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, Legon. The Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cape Coast, Ghana also appointed him to serve in the same capacity 2013-2014 academic sessions. Dr. Famakinwa is a product of IFE School of Analytic Philosophy and a member of several International Philosophical Associations.

Education

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Post Graduate Studies - Ph.D
Obafemi Awolowo University
November 2005

PhD Thesis Title: Communitarianism and Liberalism in Ethics and Political Philosophy

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Post Graduate Studies - Masters
Obafemi Awolowo University
October 1998

M.A. Thesis Title: A Philosophical Defense of Moral Realism

CONFERENCES

Annual Philosophy Conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Jan,20th-22nd,2014.

Annual Philosophy Conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. 28th-31st May,2012

An International Conference on Philosophy, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece. November 22-24, 2010

International Conference on A Holistic Approach to Human Existence and Development, Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. July,30th – Aug,5th, 2008

XXII World Congress of Philosophy on the theme: ‘Rethinking Philosophy Today’, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

Academic Positions

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Vice Dean, Faculty of Arts
June 1st, 2017- May 31st, 2018

Obafemi Awolowo University,
Nigeria

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Ag. Head, Department of Philosophy
August 2011- July 31st, 2013

Obafemi Awolowo University,
Nigeria

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Visiting Scholar
2007 - 2009

Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana,
Legon

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Visiting Scholar
2013 - 2014

Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cape Coast,
Ghana

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Research Interests

  1. Normative and Meta-ethical Issues in Ethics

  2. Political Philosophy with a focus on the debate in western communitariannism and liberalism

  3. Analytic African Philosophy with a research focus on Kwame Gyekye's communitarianism

Publications

  1. Co-authored with H.M. Majeed and Modupe O. Durojaiye (2018): A Critique of Kwame Gyekye's Critique of Normative Cultural Relativism, (Accepted for Publication)

  2. (2016b) ‘Revisiting Community Membership in the New Communitarian Global Community’ in Maria Adam ed. Global Ethics and Politics in Relation to Ecological Philosophy, Athens, Ionia Publications

  3. (2015) “The Communitarian Community Membership and the Support for an Entry Visa” South African Journal of Philosophy, Johannesburg, Taylor and Francis, 34:1, pp.69-77

  4. (2013) ‘Revisiting the Radical Communitarian Defense of Liberty’ in Patricia Hanna ed. An Anthology of Philosophical Studies Vol. 7. A Publication of Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, pp.135-143

  5. (2012a) ‘Revisiting Kwame Gyekye’s Critique of Normative Cultural Relativism’in Thought and Practice: A Journal of The Philosophical Association of Kenya, Vol 4. No. 1.pp. 25-41

  6. (2012b) ‘Is the Unexamined Life Worth Living or Not?’ in Think –A Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, Vol. 3. Pp. 97-103

  7. (2011) ‘Interpreting the Right to Life’ in: DIAMETROS: A Publication of the Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Vol.29, pp.22-30

  8. (2010a) ‘How Moderate is Kwame Gyekye’s Moderate Communitarianism?’ in Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya, New Series Vol. 2, Number 2, pp.65-77

  9. (2010b) ‘The Moderate Communitarian Individual and the Primacy of Duties’in Theoria – A Swedish Journal of Philosophy, Vol 76 (no2) Essex: Wiley Blackwell, pp.152-166

  10. (2010c) ‘Philosophy Relevance in the Contemporary World’ in the Proceedings, The XXII World Congress of Philosophy, A Publication of the Korean Philosophical Association

  11. 2007a). ‘The Liberal Common Good’, In DIAMETROS, Vol.12, A Publication of the Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. pp. 25-43

Current Teaching Portfolio

PHL 104
Introduction to Philosophy II: Critical Thinking, Argument and Evidence
PHL 304
Contemporary Issues in Ethics

PHL 416
Topics in Social and Political Philosophy

Higher Degree Students Supervised

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N. Okorie
Ph.D Thesis
2017

Ethical Universalism and the Impartialist Thesis

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O.V. Olanipekun
M.A Thesis
2014

A Philosophical Defense of Moral Anti-Realism

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M.O. Durojaiye
M.A Thesis
2016

A Critical Evaluation of Kwame Gyekye’s Critique of Normative Cultural Relativism

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M. Mensah
M.A Thesis
2016
With Prof. R.N. Osei

A Critical Study of Kwame Gyekye’s Communitarianism

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Democracy and the Problem of Cultural Relativism: Normative Issues for International Politics

Contemporary political studies have paid increasing attention to the idea of culture, and its centrality to a range of concerns in both the theory and practice of international relations in the post-cold war era is now much more widely recognized.

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