International Studio Programme : February 2013

Souleymane Bachir Diagne


Photo: OCA / Espen Hagestrand

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a philosopher and a Professor of French at Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. He works in the areas of the history of logic, the history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature, and is the author, among other titles, of Boole, l’oiseau de nuit en plein jour (Paris: Belin, 1989), Comment Philosopher en Islam (Paris: Panama, 2008), Islam and the Open Society: Fidelity and Movement in the Philosophy of Muhammad Iqbal (Dakar: Codesria, 2011), and African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude (Calcutta, London and New York: Seagull, 2011). His latest book, Bergson postcolonial: L’élan vital dans la pensée de Léopold Sédar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal (Paris: Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011. He is the co-director of the journal Éthiopiques, and a member of UNESCO’s Council of the Future.