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Souleymane Bachir Diagne

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History of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature

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Souleymane Bachir Diagne received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. His book Bergson postcolonial. L’élan vital dans la pensée de Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal, Paris, Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011 and on that same year he received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s current teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy.

Selected Bibliography

Books: 

Philosopher en Islam et en christianisme, Paris, Cerf, 2016. (co-author Philippe Cappelle-Dumont).

The Ink of the Scholars. Reflections on Philosophy in Africa, Dakar, Codesria, 2016 (original French: L’encre des savants. Reflexions sur la philosophie en Afrique, Paris, Presence africaine and Codesria, 2013.)

Comment philosopher en Islam, Paris, Editions Philippe Rey, 2013 (to be translated into English under the title: Islamic Philosophy. Topics and Figures.)

African Art as Philosophy. Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude, Seagull, 2011 (original French: Léopold Sédar Senghor: l’art africain comme philosophie Paris: Riveneuve Editions, 2007.)

Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal, Dakar, Codesria 2011 (original French: Islam et société ouverte, la fidélité et le mouvement dans la pensée de Muhammad Iqbal, Paris: Maisonneuve & Larose, 2001.)

Une traduction avec introduction et note de Les Lois de la pensée de George Boole, Paris: Vrin, 1992. (a French translation with an introduction and notes of George Boole’s An investigation of the Laws of Thought.)

Boole, 1815-1864. L'oiseau de nuit en plein jour, avec des notes et annexes de Marie-José Durand (Paris: Belin, 1989).

Books Edited:

The meanings of Timbuktu, Johannesburg: HSRC Press, 2008 (Co-editor: Shamil Jeppee).

Time and development in the thought of subsaharan Africa. Amsterdam. Atlanta GA: Rodopi, 1998. (Co-editor: Heinz Kimmerle).

Gaston Berger, introduction à une philosophie de l’avenir, Dakar: Nouvelles Editions Africaines du Sénégal,1997.

Autour de la méthode, de Descartes à Feyerabend, Dakar: Presses Universtaires de Dakar, 1995. 

La culture du développement, Dakar: Codesria, 1991.

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