Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies
Distinguished philosopher and literary scholar, whose work has covered the history of logic and mathematics, epistemology, philosophy in the Islamic world and modern France, identity formation, and African philosophies. Before joining Columbia University in 2008, he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal (1982-2002), where he was also vice dean of the College of Humanities, and at Northwestern University (2002-08), where he was named the Martin J. and Patricia Koldyke Outstanding Teaching Professor. His book Bergson postcolonial. L'élan vital dans la pensée de Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal (2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, when he also received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work.