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Kofi Ackah is currently an Associate Professor and the Head of Department of Philosophy & Classics. He received his MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Glasgow in 1988 and 1991 respectively. His specialisation is in Ancient Philosophy, with a concentration on Plato’s Socrates; but his research interests range over the broad spectrum of Graeco-Roman civilisations. He has published in international specialist journals in Classics and produced numerous texts which constitute the main corpus of course readers in Graeco-Roman History, Philosophy, and Literature available for students studying Classics in the University of Ghana and beyond.

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Martin Odei Ajei is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Classics. Dr Ajei earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Stockholm (1996) and a Master’s degree from the University of Ghana (2000). He holds a D.Phil and a Litterarum doctor (D. Litt) degree from the University of South Africa (2006).
Dr Ajei has taught numerous courses in the Department of Philosophy and Classics. He organized the symposium on Kwame Nkrumah’s Philosophical writings in 2009 and represented Ghana at the UNESCO-convened Workshop High-level Regional meeting on the Teaching of Philosophy in Africa in Mauritius in the same year. He served on the Board of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ghana from 2008 to 2010 and on the University's Publications Board from 2009 to 2010. Dr Ajei’s philosophical interests and publications touch on various aspects of African philosophy and culture. He is renowned for his works on Kwame Nkrumah and J. B. Danquah's philosophy. He has published considerably on Akan philosophical thought and on philosophical themes emanating from Africa's development and other contemporary African socio-political events.



Goke Akinboye is of the Department of Classics at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the same university. The author has been a Visiting Scholar at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and currently at the Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, Legon where he completed his new book, Africa and the West: an Economic History of the Roman Imperialism in Africa. His research interests lie in the areas of Classical and Ancient North African History, particularly the socio-economic history and religion of antiquity as well as Legal Latin.
Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani is currently a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon. He obtained a National Diploma (ND) and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communication with Distinction from the Institute of Journalism, Management and Continuing Education, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Consult, a BA in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, a B. Phil in Philosophy from the Pontificia Università Urbaniana Roma (Urban Pontifical University, Rome), Italy, an MA and a PhD in Philosophy from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. Awarded best graduating student at graduate and post-graduate levels, he is a member of the Nigerian Philosophical Association. He was editor of Fact Magazine and is co-founder of Teleads Career Services.
Research Interest: Philosophy of Culture, Deliberative Democracy and Theistic Humanism.
Dr Caesar Atuire joined the University of Ghana in January 2014 as Lecturer. He began his university education in Civil Engineering at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (London). He branched off to Philosophy where he obtained a BA (Summa cum laude). In 1994, he earned a Licentia Philosophiae from the Gregorian University (Rome). He obtained a PhD in Philosophy with an Enquiry into Suicide at the Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (Rome) in 2005. Dr Atuire also holds a Master’s degree in Theology and Diplomas in Bioethics and Pedagogical Sciences.
He is a Member of the Scientific Committee of the MEMATIC programme of the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He has lectured extensively in Europe, South America and East Africa on themes relating to anthropology, ethics and intercultural development.
Dr Atuire’s areas of research are the sociological, anthropological and ethical implications of multiculturalism and technological innovation, particularly in Africa.

Diploma (Theology), Accra Trinity College, 1990; BA (Philosophy & Study of Religions) U. Ghana, 1996; MPhil (Philosophy) U. Ghana, 2000.
Lecturer, completing the U. Ghana PhD programme in 2011.
Research focus: traditional thought on ethics and political values, moral education, character formation.






BA First Class Honours 2006 (Philosophy) MPhil 2009 (Philosophy).
Assistant lecturer.
Currently focussed on multiculturalism.





Mr Kwarteng Gyamfi is Assistant Lecturer. He holds a BA and an MPhil in Classical History and Civilisation from the University of Ghana. Mr Kwarteng has taught numerous courses in Classics and undertaken projects concerning accountability in contemporary Ghana, drawing from his knowledge of Classics. His areas of research include, the contemporary relevance of Greco-Roman social and political thought and practice.

Helen Lauer was appointed a full professor in June 2013. She served as the head of the Department of Philosophy in 2008 and served the transition to Philosophy and Classics beginning 2010, during which time she focussed on building the department’s graduate studies capacity through links with universities and faculties abroad. In 2012 she devoted her sabbatical to building the department’s library resources using a grant from UG ORID.
She received BA degrees in comparative religion (summa cum laude) from City College and Hunter College in New York (1976) and in mathematics from University of Ghana at Legon (2000). This involved a year of travel for religious studies in India and Nepal. Her MA (1983) and PhD (1986) are in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate and Research Center. She began teaching full time at Legon and has been serving the University of Ghana continuously since 1988, after a post doctoral year with the Sub Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford, UK. In 1994 she was accepted for a National Endowment of the Humanities award to study philosophy of mathematics at University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She also won financial support later in 1994 to attend seminars in CR and Italy to study philosophy of mathematics with Michael Dummett and Godel scholars. From 2002 to 2006 she was a part time journalist, opinion columnist and features editor for the independent newspaper The Statesman (Accra).
Current research interests include: philosophy of development theory, social ontology, ethics of Ghana’s public health policies, global justice, postcolonial critical social theory, foundations of social sciences. Lauer has compiled and edited several cross disciplinary anthologies in African arts, humanities, and philosophy natural and social sciences financed by the World Bank, the Embassy of Switzerland, UNESCO, and UG research fund.

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BA with First Class Honours in Philosophy & Study of Religions (Ghana); MPhil in Philosophy (Ghana); D.Litt.& Phil in Philosophy (South Africa).                      


Research Interests: African Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Life-Death Questions, and Philosophy of Religion.


Research Publications



 Stephen Nkansah Morgan has been working with the Philosophy and Classics Department of the University of Ghana for close to six years under various capacities. He is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Classics. Mr. Morgan obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with Classics in 2008 at the University of Ghana, Legon. In 2011 he obtained a Master of Philosophy in Philosophy degree from the same university in which he researched into the growing tension between individual autonomy and traditional African communities’ interest in upholding the common good with specific reference to homosexuality. His research interests are in Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics and African philosophy. He has presented wide range of papers in these areas over the years.

Mr Morgans, areas of research and interest include: the notion of the public interest and the possibility of better attaining it; individual autonomy vis-à-vis the public interest; traditional African values in the contemporary global world; African ethics and morality.

Part-time Faculty



Peter K.T. Grant BA, MPhil Classics (U. of Cape Coast)
Delali Akati, BA, MPhil (U. of Ghana)



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Diploma (Latin) and BPhil (Philosophy) Urban University, Rome 1994 and 2001; BA (Philosophy) Ibadan 2001; HND (Journalism) Enugu, Nigeria 2001; MA and MPhil (Philosophy) Nnamdie Azikiwe University, Nigeria, 2005 and 2010. Visiting Scholar, research interests: African philosophy, metaphysics, social and political philosophy

Contact e-mail: emmanani@ug.edu.gh

Research Interests and select publications 

BA (Philosophy) McGill Univ. 1998; MA (Public Policy) Univ Maryland 2007; PhD (Philosophy) Georgetown University 2005. Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, University of Maryland and the Institute of Public Policy, College Park Maryland, Fulbright Scholar Visiting University of Ghana, August-December 2011: Research interests: peacekeeping, political and moral philosophy, military ethics.


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