Christopher Otito AgulannaProfessorLecturer, University of Ibadan
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Christopher Otito Agulanna
Lecturer, University of Ibadan

Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Professor Christopher Otito Agulanna earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 1988 and 1991 respectively. In the year 2001, he was awarded a doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Philosophy by the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. In addition to these, in 2008, he received the Double Masters degrees in Applied Ethics (MAE and MA) from the Linkoping University, Sweden and Utrecht University, The Netherlands respectively.

In 1992, Professor Agulanna joined the Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan as an Assistant Lecturer and rose to the position of Professor in 2011. He recently completed a research on “The Death Penalty from an Igbo Cultural Perspective: a Nigerian Case Study.” His current research seeks to highlight the nature of African ethics. He has participated in numerous scholarly training programs in bioethics both nationally and internationally. Since 2013, he has served as Resource Person/Guest Lecturer in the West African College of Physicians course on Medical Ethics where he has taught the course titled “Moral Theories & Ethical Principles.” He is also course coordinator of the Philosophy Module of the MSc program in Bioethics, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Professor Agulanna’s publications span the areas of ethics, cultural philosophy and social philosophy. He has successfully supervised eight PhD theses, two M.Phil dissertations and over 300 Bachelor and Masters Projects. He was Acting Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 2004-2006. He is member, Clinical Ethics Committee, University College Hospital, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

S/N Universities Attended Country Degree Course Year of Award
1 University of Lagos Nigeria B.A. Philosophy 1988
2 University of Lagos Nigeria M.A. Philosophy 1991
3 University of Ibadan Nigeria PhD Philosophy 2001
4 Linkoping University Sweden M.A. Applied Ethics 2008
5 Utrecht University The Netherlands MAE Applied Ethics 2008
Ethics and Social Philosophy
  1. Agulanna, C. (1997), “The Task of Moral Philosophers,” in Ayo Fadahunsi (e), Philosophy: An Anthology, Ark Publishers, Lagos. Pp.59-68.
  2. Agulanna C. (1999), “The Nature and Scope of Moral Philosophy,” in Dipo Irele (ed.) Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Reasoning, New Horn Press, Ibadan. Pp.46-57.
  3. Agulanna, C. (1999), “Ethics and Education,” in A.F. Uduigwomen and K. Ogbinaka (e) Philosophy and Education, Joja Educational Research & Publishers Ltd., Ibadan. Pp.85-93.
  4. Agulanna, C. (2000), “Ethics and the Human Conduct,” in K.A. Owolabi (ed.), Issues in Philosophy, Grovacs Network, Ibadan. Pp.147-160.
  5. Agulanna, C. (2004), “Ethics, Science and Society,” in F.A. Adeigbo (ed.), Philosophy and Logic: A Critical Introduction, Ibadan, Loud Books Publishers. Pp. 151 – 165.
  6. Agulanna, C. (2011), “Philosophy and Ethics,” in Aduke Adebayo (ed.), Contemporary Issues in Professional Ethics, Ibadan, Graduke Publishers. Pp. 14-30.
  7. Agulanna, C. (2017), “The Death Penalty from an Igbo Cultural Perspective: a Nigerian Case Study Christopher Agulanna,” In: J. Chimakonam & F. Mangena (Eds.), The Death Penalty from an African Perspective: Views from Zimbabwean and Nigerian Philosophers.
  8. Agulanna, C. (1996), “Death, Suicide and the Crisis of Human Existence,” The Nigerian Journal of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Vol. 15, Nos. 1&2, pp. 92-111.
  9. Agulanna, C. (1998), “How Not to Defend Medical Pessimism,” The Nigerian Journal of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Vol. 17,  Nos. 1&2, pp. 80-90.
  10. Agulanna, C. (2007), “The Moral Ramifications of Whistle-blowing: An Applied Ethical Approach,” Ibadan Journal of European Studies. A Journal of the Department of European Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, No. 7, pp. 211-239.
  11. Agulanna, C. (2007), “Moral Thinking in Traditional African Society: A Reconstructive Interpretation,” Prajna Vihara: Journal of Philosophy and Religion, Assumption University of Thailand, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 67-81.
  12. Agulanna, C. (2008), “The Ethics of Animal Welfare:   Duty of Non-maleficence and Beneficence to Farm and Research Animals,” Kinaadnam: An Interdisciplinary Research Journal of Holy Name University, Vol 19, No. 2, pp. 34-42.
  13. Agulanna, C. (2008), “The Status of Individual Rights in the Context of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Africa,” Phavisminda Journal: A Joint Official Publication of the Department of Philosophy, San Carlos University and Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindano, Vol. 7, pp. 29-42.
  14. Agulanna, C. (2010), “Abortion and Human Rights: Towards an Ethics of Compassion,” Sophia: An International Journal of Philosophy and Public Affairs, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 42- 50.
  15. Agulanna, C., Ogundiran, T. & Malomo, A. (2016). Capacity building. Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Henk ten Have (Ed.), Switzerland, Springer International Publishing.
  1. Co-Investigator with F. Adeigbo (PI), University of Ibadan Senate Research Grant, to undertake a study on ethics and public affairs in Nigeria, 1999.
  1. European Union Scholarship to pursue the double Masters of Applied Ethics program in two European Universities, 2007-2008.
  1. Department of Philosophy Research Grant to undertake a study titled “Universality, relativism and Western hegemony: a critique of Godwin Sogolo’s forms of life and the question of good governance in Africa,” 2016. The studied showed that the thesis of cultural incommensurability advocated by a section of African scholars is not intellectually defensible because of the existence of what was identified as recurring elements of culture, otherwise as “cultural constants” that make it possible for people to communication across cultures. I was the PI in the study.