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Messay Kebede

Professor Emeritus


College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy


Email: Messay Kebede
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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 1976-93. He also served as chair of the department of philosophy from 1980-91. 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 U.S. 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