History of the Department of Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy was founded in 1983, as a Unit in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. Students had the options of offering either single honour degrees in the two units or combined honour. The first coordinator of the Department was Rev. Gabriel Oyedele Abe (now a retired Professor). In 1986, the two units in the Departments (Religious Studies and Philosophy) gained independent status with Mr. Kissi and Mr. F.A Olajide (now Professor) taking charge of the Department. By 1992, the Department had recruited more lecturers including O.R. Adeniyi, L.O Bamikole, J.O. Fasoro, O.A. Falaiye, Z.B. Ogundare, F.I. Mininah and B.M. Akinnawonu. The current Acting Head of the Department is Dr. T.C. Falana.
The past Heads of Department include:
Rev G.O. Abe (Coordinator with Philosophy) – 1983-1986
Mr M.A. Kissi – 1986-1996
Dr O.R. Adeniyi – 1997
Dr L.O. Bamikole – 1998
Dr O.R. Adeniyi – 1999-2000
Dr J.O. Fasoro – 2000-2001
Dr Z.B. Ogundare – 2001-2003
Dr J.O. Fasoro – 2003-2005
Dr O.R. Adeniyi – 2005-2007
Dr L.O. Bamikole – 2007-2009
Dr O.R. Adeniyi – 2009-2011
Pro Z.B. Ogundare – 2011-2014
Pro O.R. Adeniyi – 2014-2016
Prof F.A. Olajide – 2016-2018
Dr S.O. Dada – 2018-2020
Dr T.C. Falana – 2020-to date
Philosophy of the Department
It is a deliberate policy of the Department to fully acquaint students with Philosophy first as a discipline, its rich heritage and unique nature. A full understanding of the various arms of Philosophy and the multiplicity of its allied concerns is to underscore the mandatory rigour of academic scholarship and instil in the students the philosophical attitude. These efforts shall expectedly instil the required confidence in our graduates that they are optimally equipped for engagement in the market space. The acquired critical disposition in thinking better prepares them to be proactive, adaptive, creative and self-assured. That they are graduates of Philosophy, with critical minds, actually puts them a step ahead of their counterparts that may have taken other courses.
Aims and Objectives of the Department
The objectives of the programme are to:
i. prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors
ii. develop entrepreneurial spirit in graduating student which will enable them to be employers rather employees after graduation.
iii. provide a strong academic background for research and post-graduate studies.
iv. provide training in the principals and practice of Political Science and International relations application to public and private Administration.
v. stimulate students intellectually through the study of Philosophy so as to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts.
vi. develop in student’s ability to apply the philosophical tools, knowledge and skill acquired to the solution of problems facing different societies.
vii. equip students with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issue and problems of administrative policy.
viii. develop in students, through the study of Philosophy, a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment.
ix. provide students with the knowledge and skill-base from which they can proceed to further studies in Philosophy and related areas or multi-disciplinary areas or in multi-disciplinary areas that engage the tools of Philosophy.