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Dr Damian Ilodigwe


Ss Peter and Paul Major Seminary

Dr Damian Ilodigwe is a Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Global Communication and Diplomacy. He studied for the Catholic priesthood at the Ss Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Ibadan, from 1985 until 1992. After obtaining his BA in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan in 1989 and a BTH from the Pontifical Urban University in Rome in 1992, he undertook postgraduate studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, from 1994 to 1996 and obtained a Licentiate degree in Philosophy. Subsequently he earned a Doctorate in Philosophy from the same University in 2002 with a thesis on Bradley's Metaphysics under the supervision of Professor William Desmond.

Currently, he is on the Academic and Formation Staff of the Ss Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Nigeria, where he teaches Metaphysics, Epistemology and Aesthetics. In the past he has taught Certitude and Scepticism, Philosophy of Nature, Introduction to Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics. He has also taught Homiletics and delivered Advent and Lent reflections on Radio Nigeria and the NTA. A member of the Hegel Society of Great Britain, the Bradley Society and the British Idealism Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of Great Britain, he has attended and presented papers at numerous international conferences and workshops in Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull, Brighton, and continental Europe.

His research interests include the History of Philosophy, Metaphysics, British Idealism and German Idealism, the Philosophy of Religion, Modern Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Political Theory and the Philosophy of International Relations, Catholic Spirituality and the interface between Religion and Politics. He is particularly interested in exploring the correlation between issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Aesthetics and Political Theory.

Damian is the author of Bradley and the Problematic Status of Metaphysics (2006), Berkeley: A Portrait (2010), Faith in Action (2014) and Discipleship and Integrity (2017). He has also published numerous articles in learned and peer-reviewed journals such as Bradley Studies, the Southern Journal of Philosophy, Studia Redemptorystowskie, Collingwood and British Idealism Studies, African Philosophical Inquiry, Maritain Studies, the West African Journal of Philosophical Studies, the West African Journal of Ecclesiastical Studies, the Journal of Power, Politics and Governance, the Nigerian Journal of Theology and Review for Religious.

Among his recent publications are “James and Bradley’s Absolutism” (2005), “Maritain’s Critique of Modern Humanism” (2012), “Bradley’s Account of Truth: Between Epistemology and Metaphysics” (2013), “Collingwood’s Reform of Metaphysics” (2015), Kant’s Critique of Metaphysics (2015), “Communication and Diplomacy as an Instrument for Good Governance and Sustainable Economic Development (2017), “Oakeshott’s Critique of Sovereignty of Reason” (2017), “Anselm and the Question of God’s Existence: Interrogating the Ontological Argument”, (2017), “Descartes on the Problem of Knowledge” (2017), “Ayer’s Critique of Metaphysics” (2016), and “Bradley’s Account of Ideal Morality” (2017).