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Segun Gbadegesin

Professor of Philosophy and Interim Dean, COAS

Segun Gbadegesin received the Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1980. He has since taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife Nigeria, where also served as head of department and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts between 1986 and 1989. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin from 1989 to 1990, and Colgate University from 1990 to 1992. He joined the department of Philosophy at Howard University in 1992 as Professor and Chairman. He has since organized five national conferences in 1993 (on Bioethics and Culture), in 1994 (on Ethics, Higher Education and Social Responsibility, in 1995 (on Higher Education and Leadership), in 1998 (on Philosophy and Race) and in 1999 (on Race and Gender.)

Gbadegesin has presented papers at various institutions and scholarly conferences including University of Toronto, Ohio University, SUNY at Buffalo, University of Maryland, College Park, Institute of Medical Humanity, Galveston, Texas, Southwest State University, Marshall, Mn; American Philosophical Association meetings, African Studies Association meetings and International Association of Bioethics meetings in Amsterdam, New Zealand and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Representative Publications

"Genetic Screening, Sickle cell Anemia and the African and African-American Perspectives: The Ethics of Screening and Counseling" in Genetic Knowledge: Human Values and Responsibility edited by Jacquelyn Ann K. Kegley, Lexington: ICUS pp.183-196
"Bioethics and Cultural Diversity" in A Companion to Bioethics edited by Helga Kuhse and Peter Singer, Oxford: Blackwell pp 24-31
"Current Trends in African Philosophy" in Eliot Deutsch and Ron Bontekoe, Blackwell Companion to World Philosophy . Oxford: Blackwell, pp.548-563
"Kinship of the Dispossessed: W.E.B. Du Bois, Nkrumah and the Foundation of Pan-Africanism" in Bernard, Grosholz and Stewart,W.E.B. Du Bois on Race and Culture, New York: Routledge, pp. 219-242
Ethics, Higher Education and Social Responsibility Washington, DC: Howard University Press (edited with Joyce Ladner)

"Values, Imperatives and the Imperative of Democratic Values" in Leonard Harris ed., The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke ( Rowman and Littlefied, pp. 277-290


Research interests: Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics, African Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture, Bioethics 
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