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Messay Kebede

Professor Emeritus


College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy


Email: Messay Kebede
Phone: 937-229-2812
HM 476
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  • Ph.D., University of Grenoble, France


After the completion of his philosophical studies in France, Dr. Kebede returned to his country, Ethiopia, and taught philosophy at Addis Ababa University from 1976 to 1993. He also served as chair of the department of philosophy from 1980 to 1991. His university career was brutally interrupted when the Ethiopian government dismissed him with 40 other instructors from Addis Ababa University for sheer political reasons. He came to the US in 1996 and was hired by the University of Dayton in 1998.

Faculty Perspective

"Since I joined UD, I have taught Introduction to Philosophy and Social Philosophy. I have also designed and taught new courses, namely, African Philosophy, Value and Economics, and Professional Ethics in a Global Community. My research work has focused on writing articles on issues of development and culture change and completing a book on African philosophy. My future plan includes developing a course on African American philosophy and conducting research on the philosophy of Henri Bergson."

Research Interests

  • African philosophy
  • Philosophy of race
  • Philosophy of development
  • Henri Bergson

Selected Publications

Radicalism and Cultural Dislocation in Ethiopia, 1960-1974 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008).

Africa's Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization, (New York: Rodopi, 2004).

Survival and Modernization--Ethiopia's Enigmatic Present: A Philosophical Discourse (Lawrenceville, N.J.: The Red Sea Press Inc., 1999).

Meaning and Development (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1994).

"The Civilian Left and the Radicalization of the Dergue," Journal of Developing Societies, 24: 4 (April 2008).

"The Ethiopian Conception of Time and Modernization," International Journal of Ethiopian Studies, 3:1 (Winter 2007).

"The Roots and Fallouts of Haile Selassie's Educational Policy," UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research, and Knowledge, series paper no. 10 (June 2006).

"Gebrehiwot Baykedagn, Eurocentrism, and the Decentering of Ethiopia," Journal of Black Studies, 36: 6 (July 2006).