Rabat, Morocco, 5-9 December 2011   

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Souleymane Bachir Diagne


Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a Senegalese philosopher. He obtained his PhD from Université Paris I La Sorbonne, France, with a dissertation entitled Philosophie symbolique et algèbre de logique (Symbolic Philosophy and Logical Algebra). He has taught in many universities, inc;uding Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal and Northwestern Evanston University, USA. He currently teaches at Columbia University, USA.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a co-director of Ethiopiques, a Senegalese journal on literature and philosophy. He is a member of the editorial board of many prestigious journals. These include the Revue d’histoire des mathématiques which is published by the Société des mathématiques de France, and Présence africaine and Diogenes published by UNESCO’s International Council of Philosophy and Social Sciences. He was once the President of CODESRIA’s Scientific Committee, and still remains an active member of the institution. He has also been a member of the Comité africain et malgache pour l’enseignement supérieur (CAMES) and UNESCO’s Conseil du Futur.

In 2005, Souleymane Bachir Diagne was named as one of the twenty-five greatest thinkers of the world by Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris).

Professor Diagne has numerous publications to his credit in the fields of the history of logics and philosophy, especially in Africa and the Islamic world. He was greatly inspired by Gaston Berger and this has resulted in two of his publications – Gaston Berger: Introduction à la philosophie de l’avenir (1997) and Reconstruire le sens. Textes et enjeux de prospectives africaines (2001). His current research interests are focused on modern challenges such as: Identity and Belonging, The Universe and Pluralism, Opening up to the Other and God, Modernity and Traditions. By recently revisiting the thoughts of Muhammad Iqbal, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Henri Bergson and Kwasi Wiredu, Souleymane Bachir Diagne underlines the necessity of intellectual thinking which allows us to go beyond exclusion and intolerance to build a society that is open. This is well articulated in his two recent publications: Islam and Open Society, Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal (2010), African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude (2011).

During the 13th CODESRIA General Assembly, Prof. Souleymane Bachir Diagne will deliver the Léopold Sédar Senghor public lecture.