On behalf of the entire staff and students, I respectfully welcome you to the Department of Philosophy website, University of Calabar where knowledge is advanced through research and teaching. Here we groom students both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for manpower and national development through promotion of creativity, hard work, self actualization, scholarship and national consciousness. Our curriculum is structured to underpin issues in logical reasoning and argumentation, values, criticality, leadership, environment, feminism and knowledge in general. Tutelage under this academic environment, our graduates/products are properly equipped to significantly contribute to the corporate and academic world. Owing to the intricate nature of our contemporary society there is an increased demand for manpower that can cope with the complexities of the Post modern world, hence the need for competent personnels that can exude logical and critical skills. This insatiable quest for employers of labour to source for skilled labour that is logically and critically compliant has raised the stakes in philosophical education and training. At the risk of sounding immodest, we are glad to say that we have not been lagging in this regard. More so, there have been hues and cries that a number of societal aberrations and problems stem from a flawed and distorted ethical orientation. We can affirm that as a Department that is poised to impact the citizenry, we have a repertoire of Programmes and Courses both at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate spheres that can correct these societal anomalies by re-orientating our students’ mindset. We have and will continue to keep faith with our vision and mission by also servicing the entire University through the Centre for General Studies (CGS) by teaching Philosophy and Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, Anti-Corruption and Citizenship Education. This academic ritual has helped to buoy the intellectual and scientific consciousness of graduates from the entire University and beyond. We are also proud to state that we have come to be perceived as the hub of Philosophical discourse in Nigeria because of our strong national and international presence and enviable rating by the NUC in the comity of Philosophy Departments in Nigeria. As an organic unit in the University, we will continue to explore novel ways to live our mission and philosophy. We also pledge to commit ourselves to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that might come our way while also trying to contend with the numerous challenges that locally and globally confront higher education today. Thanks so much. Prof. Chinenye L. Ochulor
The mission of the Department of Philosophy is to strive to stimulate, develop, sharpen and enrich student’s critical, creative, imaginative and expressive faculties and skills for them to be able to response efficiently and effectively to academic and professional challenges in such areas as teaching, research and public service. In other words, our mission is to produce graduates whose education in Liberal Arts imbues them with humanistic qualities and the intellectual skills needed to function productively within the professional and administrative structures of a developing nation.
The vision of the faculty, as conceived by its founders, is one where “Nigerianness”, nay, ‘Africanness’ of a philosophy for learning is the core of conception, in order to achieve and maintain greatest excellencies in teaching, research, publications and service in the above-listed discipline. In Furtherance of this, each department is saddled with the responsibility of scholarship, yet this learning is to be firmly anchored in the rich cultural traditions of the people of the geo-graphical zone in which the University is located.