Adeshina Afolayan and Demosophy An Introduction to an African Philosophy of the Future

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Nimi Wariboko


This essay offers an interpretative analysis of Nigerian philosopher Adeshina Afolayan’s thoughts on the postcolonial predicament and developmental challenges facing Africa and African philosophy. Through a close reading of Afolayan’s philosophical oeuvre published between 2002 and 2020, the author offers interpretative insights on how Afolayan’s thought can help Africans to address the ideational and developmental challenges facing them today. This work takes the reader into the heart of Afolayan’s philosophical beliefs and assumptions that drive his scholarship. The essay names Afolayan’s philosophy as demosophy, providing a survey of its terrain and subjecting it to critical evaluation. The essay brings Afolayan’s thoughts into rigorous conversations with a broad range of African and Western philosophers.

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Nimi Wariboko, Boston University

Nimi Wariboko is the Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics at Boston University.