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Dr. Chris Offong Akpan




Associate Professor


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About Dr. Chris Offong Akpan

Dr. Christopher Offong Akpan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar. He was employed as a Graduate Assistant in the University of Calabar in October, 2002. He has a B.A. (1st Class Hons.) in Philosophy (2000); M.A (Epistemology) 2005; and Ph.D (Philosophy of Social Science) – 2009 from the University of Calabar. He won the University of Calabar “Best Graduating Student Award 1999/2000 Session; Rev. Dr. Camilus Etuk Udo Award for the “Best Student in Philosophy”; and Madam Magdalene Asuquo Otu’s Award for the Best Student in Religious Studies and Philosophy department 1999/2000 Session. He began his teaching in 2003 with undergraduate programmes and in 2012 he also started teaching post-graduate programmes. He has been teaching many courses since then. He is an Associate Editor of his Departmental Journal and has been engaged severally as a Reviewer in both Local and International Journals. He has successfully mentored and supervised four Ph.D students and four M.A students who have all graduated. He has some who are still on their programmes. He has attended up to ten conferences – both internationally and locally. He has been engaged as a member of the local organizing committees for about four conferences. (i) “Feyerabend’s Epistemological Anarchism and its Implications for African Epistemic Heritage” (an M.A Thesis); (ii) “An appraisal of Asouzu’s principles of Complementary Reflection as a model of Explanation for Social Science” (a Ph.D Thesis) etc. He has collaborated with the like of Prof. A. F. Uduigwomen, Dr. Chris Udofia, Dr. Uti Egbeni, etc, to work on research projects, some which have been published in reputable journals. He is currently engaged in a Research on how to Rehumanize Street Urchins in Calabar Metropolis through Philosophical Counselling. Member, Philosophers Association of Nigeria (PAN); Member, Research International Network (RIN); member, Faculties of Arts and Humanities Scholars Association of Nigerian Universities (FAHSANU); Member, International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS). Dr. Christopher O. Akpan currently has 19 articles in reputable foreign journals, 11 articles in locally based Journals; and 17 book chapters. He is an Editor of one Book.

S/N Qualification School Atttended Started Finished
BA (!st Class Hons) PhilosophyUniversity of Calabar19982001
MA Philosophy (Epistemology)University of Calabar20022005
Ph.D in Philosophy (Philosophy of Social Science)University of Calabar20052009

S/N Publication
Akpan, Chris O., and Samuel A. Bassey “A Critique of the Social Constructionist and Relativistic Cultural Conception of Child Abuse.” International Journal of Humanities and Innovation, vol. 3 no 1, March 2020, pp 11-16.
Akpan, Christopher O., Joseph N. Ogar and Samuel A. Bassey. “Examining the Ethics of Research in Animal Experimentation.” Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences – Zoology, vol. 39 no 2, June 2020, pp. 230-241.
Akpan, Christopher O., and Samuel A. Bassey. “The Quandary on Water Pollution in Nigeria’s Niger Delta: An Environmental Ethical Analysis.” Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences – Geological Sciences, vol. 3 no 2, July, 2020, pp. 102-114.
Akpan, Christopher O. Exploring the Nature of Academic Research and its Implications for National Development. Sapientia: Journal of Philosophy, vol. 13 no 2, December, 2020, pp 45-53.
Akpan, Christopher O. “The Morality of Same-sex Marriage: How not to globalize a Cultural Anomie.” Online Journal of Health Ethics, vol. 13 no 1, 2017, pp. 1-15.
Akpan, Chris O and Uti O. Egbai. “Communicative Reflexion on Plato’s ‘Transcendental Forms’ as Matrix for Epistemic Consciousness.” AJAPHIL: Akungba Journal of Applied Philosophy vol. 1 no1, June, 2017, pp. 200-220.
Ekeopara, Chike A, Chris O. Akpan & L. Uchenna Ogbonnaya. “An Evaluation of Some Philosophical Problems in Anthropology. Sankofa: Journal of the Humanities, vol. 5 no 1, January, 2016, pp. 40-57.
Akpan, Christopher O., and Sylvester S. Apologun. “An Assessment of Nigerian Educational Problems in the Light of some Philosophical Orientations.” Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies, vol. 6 no 1, February, 2015, pp. 89-95.
Akpan, Christopher O. “An Eclectic Complementarist Approach to Understanding Religious Violence.” Contemporary Journal of Inter-disciplinary Studies, vol. 2 no 2, February, 2015, pp. 336-345.
Akpan, Chris O and Chris A. Udofia. “Reforming Education in Africa: The Liberative Pedagogy Perspective.” British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, vol. 6 no 1, December, 2014, pp. 71-77.
Akpan, Christopher O and Godwin Adinya Ogabo. “Who is the Educated Man? A Comparative Inquiry on the African and Western Conceptions.” American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities, vol. 4 no 5, September, 2014, pp. 335-343.
Akpan, Chris O and Lucky U. Ogbonnaya. “Between Sartre’s Cat and Mouse Ontology and Asouzu”s Ibuanyidanda: How not to implore inter-personal Relationships.” American Journal of Social Issues and Humanities, vol.3 no 3, 2013, pp. 140-147.
Akpan, Chris O and Peter T. Etta. “Asouzu’s Complementary Ontology as a Panacea to the Problem of Ethnic Idolization in Nigeria.” British Journal of Arts and Social Sciences vol. 15 no 2, September 2013, pp. 122-127.
Okeke, Jonathan Chimakonam and Chris O. Akpan “An Inquiry into the Moral Question of Xenotransplantation.” Online Journal of Health Ethics vol. 8 no 1, 2012, pp. 1-13.
Akpan, Chris O. “A Comparative Analysis of Causality in Buddhism and African Philosophy.” Educational Research, vol. 2, no1, 2011, pp.721-729
Akpan, Chris O. “Ambivalence of Human Existential Situation: A Veritable Index of Rational Explanation.” American Journal of Social and Management Sciences, vol. 2, no 1, 2011, pp. 1-10.
Akpan, Chris O. “The Method of African Science: A Philosophical Evaluation”. American Journal of Social and Management Sciences, vol.2.no1, 2011, pp. 11-20
Akpan, Chris O. “Frantz Fanon’s Black Race Philosophy: How Relevant in 21st Century Africa?” Integrative Humanism Journal, vol. no 2, 2011, pp. 129-140.
Ojong, K. A., and Akpan, Chris. “The Problem of Scientific Realism vis-à-vis the Probabilistic Interpretation of Realities in Quantum Physics.” Annals of Humanities and Development Studies, vol 1, 2010, pp. 298 – 310.
Akpan, Chris O & Mary J. Egbai (2010). “Complementary Ethical Reflection and the ‘Culture of Normalizing Anomalies’ in Nigeria.” Journal of Complementary Reflection: Studies in Asouzu vol. 1 no 1, 2011, pp. 33-40.
Akpan, Chris O “The Problem of ‘the One and the Many’ in Relation to Traditional African Philosophy.” African Pentecost: Journal of Theology, Psychology and Social Work, vol. 3 no 2, 2010, pp. 88-96
Akpan, Chris O. “An Inquiry into the Influence of Metaphysics on the Development of Modern Science”. Ndunode: Calabar Journal of The Humanities, vol. 8 no1, January 2009, pp. 109-124
Akpan, Chris O. “The Question of Value-freedom in the Social Sciences: A Philosophical Reflection.” African Pentecost: Journal of Theology, Psychology and Social Work, vol. 1 no2, 2008, pp. 140 – 146.
Uduigwomen, Andrew F., and Chris O. Akpan. “Obscenity as an Aesthetic Category in African Art: Questioning its Value.” African Journal of Religion, Culture and Society, vol.1 no 2, 2007, pp. 76-82.
Uduigwomen, A. F., F. E.Uboh, and Chris O. Akpan. “An Appraisal of the‘Publish or Perish’ Mantra in Tertiary Institutions.” Sophia: African Journal of Philosophy and Public Affairs.vol.10 no1, 2007,196 – 200.
Akpan, Chris O. “Feyerabend’s Philosophy of Science and it Implications for National Development in Africa.” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (JICPR), vol. XXII, no 4, 2005, pp. 45-64.
Akpan, Chris O. “Traditional African Epistemic Categories and the Question of Rationality: A Case for Reconceptualization.” Sophia: African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 7 no 2, 2005, pp. 38 – 44.
Akpan, Chris O. “Quantum Mechanics and the Question of Determinism in Science.” Sophia: African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 8 no2, 2005, pp. 72–79.
Akpan, Chris O. Place of Civil Disobedience in Nigerian Democracy: “A Philosophical Appraisal”. Sophia: African Journal of Philosophy. vol. 7no 1, 2004, pp. 39-45.

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S/N Conference Description Started Finished
The Nigerian Philosophical Association 2008 Biennial General Meeting and Conference, University of Calabar Feyerabend’s Philosophy of Science and the Question of Underdevelopment in Africa.2008-10-092010-10-10
Education Trust Fund Research Methodology Capacity Building Workshop for Lecturers of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria at Bayero University, Kano. Examining the Place of Philosophy in Research2010-05-172010-05-21
International Conference on “Interactions in the History of Philosophy” Held in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Meclis-1 Mebusan Cad, Findikh, Istanbul, TurkeyMan or the Machines – who is in control? A Re–valuation through Philosophical Buffers2013-11-082013-11-09
CALABAR ACADEMIA 2014”: International Conference on “Perspectives in Religion, Terrorism and Development” organized by Researchers International Network. Hosted in University of Calabar in Collaboration with Cross River University of TechnologyAn Eclectic Complementarist Approach to Understanding Religious Violence.2014-10-132014-10-16
Faculty of Arts International Conference, University of Calabar, NigeriaThe Morality of Same-sex Marriage: How not to Globalize a Cultural Anomie.2016-04-122016-04-15
Nigerian Philosophical Association (NPA) Biennial Conference on “Philosophy in Africa Today” held in University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State” Is Child Abuse a Social Construct? A Critique of the Cultural Relativistic Disposition.2016-10-262016-10-28
2nd African Philosophy World Congress held in University of Calabar and jointly hosted by Nnamdi Azikiwe University and The University of Witwatersrand, Theme: The State of African Philosophy in African Today.Narrative Knowledge, Human Development and Contemporary African Philosophy.2017-10-122017-10-14
Faculties of Arts/Humanities Association of Nigerian Universities (FAHANU) ‘UNICAL 2018’ Maiden International Conference Fighting Corruption through Whistle-blowing: A Reflection on an Ethics of Responsibility.2018-04-092018-04-12
Philosophers Association of Nigeria (PAN) Annual Conference and UNESCO World Philosophy Day Celebration, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja The Menace of the Street Urchin in Nigeria: A Challenge on Philosophical Praxis.2019-11-202019-11-23