Prof. Frederick Ochieng'-Odhiambo


Prof. Frederick Ochieng'-Odhiambo
Title: Professor of African Philosophic Sagacity
Department: History
Discipline: Philosophy
Additional Titles: Head, Department of History and Philosophy
Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD (Nairobi)
Contact: Room: X3 Tel.: (246) 417-4418; Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail:
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Biography: A native of Kenya, Prof. Ochieng’-Odhiambo received his PhD from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He previously taught at the University of Nairobi, Consolata Institute of Philosophy, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (all in Kenya) and at the National University of Lesotho in southern Africa.
Research: Prof. Ochieng’-Odhiambo’s research interest is in the area of African Philosophy with focus on Philosophic Sagacity. As an approach to African Philosophy, Philosophic Sagacity was introduced into international philosophical circles in the 70s by Kenyan philosopher Professor Odera Oruka. Today, Ochieng’-Odhiambo is one of the best known researchers and leading exponents of the approach. Besides Philosophic Sagacity, Ochieng’-Odhiambio’s other research interests include moral and social philosophy.
Publications: Books:
  • A Companion to Philosophy, Consolata Institute of Philosophy Press, Nairobi, 2010.
  • Trends and Issues in African Philosophy, Peter Lang, New York, 2010.
  • Foundations of Ethics: A Critical Reader in Moral and Social Philosophy, Nairobi University Press, Nairobi, 2009.
  • Conversations in Philosophy: Crossing the Boundaries, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2008. (Co-edited with Roxanne Burton and Ed Brandon)
  • Introductory Symbolic Logic, Consolata Institute of Philosophy Press, Nairobi, 1997. (Revised edition, 2003).
Book Chapters:
  • “Negritude: The Basic Principles and Appraisal”, in Negritude: Legacy and Present Relevance, Isabelle Constant and Kahiudi C. Mabana, (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2009, pp.66-82.
  • “Origin of Philosophic Sagacity in the Discourse on African Philosophy and its Relevance in Modern Africa”, in Conversations in Philosophy: Crossing the Boundaries, F. Ochieng’-Odhiambo et al, (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2008, pp.133-145.
  • “African Sagacity in Philosophy”, in Shifting the Geography of Reason: Gender, Science and Religion, Marina Paola Banchetti-Robino and Clevis Ronald Headley, (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2006, pp.153-165.
  • “Human Rights and the Quest for Global Harmony: The Role of Philosophy and Culture”, in World Peace: Problems of Global Understanding and Prospects of Harmony, Santi Nath Chattopadhyay (ed.), Punti Pustak Publishers, Kolkata, 2005, pp.711-730.
  • “Some Basic Issues on Philosophic Sagacity: Twenty Years Later”, in Perspectives in African Philosophy: An Anthology on “Problematics of an African Philosophy: Twenty Years Later (1976-1996)”, Claude Sumner and Samuel Wolde Yohannes (eds.), Addis Ababa University Printing Press, Addis Ababa, 2002, pp.97-108.
  • “A Lawyer’s Dilemma: Truth Versus the Client’s Interest”, in Philosophy Now, Issue 79, June/July 2010, pp.10-13.
  • “Philosophic Sagacity: Aims and Functions”, in Caribbean Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009. Online publication
  • “On Truth and Interest in Legal Justice: A Philosophical Analysis”, in Horizons Vol. 1, No. 11, January/May 2009, pp.49-61.
  • “Philosophic Sagacity: A Classical Comprehension and Relevance to Post-Colonial Spaces in Africa”, in Quest: An African Journal of Philosophy/Revue Africaine de Philosophie, Vol. XXI, No. 1-2, 2007, pp.91-107. Online publication:
  • “The Tripartite in Philosophic Sagacity”, in Philosophia Africana, Vol. 9, No. 1, March 2006, pp.17-34.
  • “International Justice and Individual Self-preservation”, in Journal of Global Ethics, Vol. 1, No. 2, December 2005, pp.99-112.
  • “Contemporary Challenges Facing the Institution of ‘Widow’ Guardianship Among the Luo People”, in South-South Journal of Culture and Development, Vol. 4, No. 1, June 2002, pp.155-180.
  • “The Evolution of Sagacity: The Three Stages of Oruka’s Philosophy”, in Philosophia Africana, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2002, pp19-32.
Additional Information:

Member to the Editorial Boards of the following Journals:

  • Journal of Global Ethics
  • Caribbean Journal of Philosophy (CJP).
  • Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya (PAK)


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