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Dr. John Bewaji Promoted to Professor

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. John  Ayotunde (Tunde) Isola Bewaji, Senior Lecturer Department of Language Linguistics and Philosophy, in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Mona Campus to the rank of Professor.
Professor Bewaji holds the Bachelor of Arts  (1979)and Master of Arts (1983) degrees in Philosophy  from the University of Ife, Nigeria, and PhD in Philosophy (1991) from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Certificate in Philosophy for Children from Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA, the Master of Arts in Distance Education (2007), and Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (2003) from the  Joint International Programme of the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada and Indira Gandhi National Open University, India. John Bewaji, a former Rhodes Visiting Lecturer (1991-1992) in Philosophy, Unit of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, UWI, Mona joined the staff of the UWI, Mona in 1992 and has been the coordinator of that Unit since that time. He was tenured and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1995. Prior to joining the staff, he was a lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Ogun State University, Nigeria (1984-1991) and University of Ife, Nigeria (1980-1984).
Professor Bewaji has a distinguished record of original work. His main areas of research and publication focus are on Aesthetics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Culture, Philosophy of Leadership, African and African Diaspora thought and philosophy, especially the fundamental African responses to social and moral questions. Numbered among his scholarly publication are his books, Beauty and Culture (2003), his first full-length major book contribution to the area of Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics by an African philosopher, boldly taking on the tradition of leaving the assessment and discussion of African and Diaspora Art and Artistic Experience to Euro-American intellectuals with scant understanding of the sensitivities and sensibilities that under-gird the art of Africa and Diaspora which they were commenting on.
 In this regard, Professor Bewaji’s work on beauty and culture has established him as one of the dominant thinkers on these issues in the African world, and his An Introduction to Theory of Knowledge (2007), a ground-breaking volume which demonstrates that he is equally at home with African and Western ideas of knowledge, as it is the first original effort by an African philosopher to philosophize knowledge from an Africana perspective, thereby, in many respects, making contributions to knowledge, research, analysis and interpretation of facts, ideas and synthesis of issues in epistemology and philosophy of science,as well his as over 50 research papers published in peer reviewed internationally recognized journals and books.
John Bewaji is the Editor of Caribbean Journal of Philosophy, University of the West Indies, consulting editor and advisor on many international journals of Philosophy and is a Member of UNESCO National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica, Member,International Advisory Board on Culture, St. Petersburg, Russia. 

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