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Wingo, Ajume Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Ajume Wingo's area of specialty and training is social and political philosophy. Central to his research program are problems related to the establishment and support of citizen-based government: What civic attitudes are needed to sustain citizen-based institutions and how to foster these attitudes? How to maintain existing institutions and freedom-enhancing attitudes in existing liberal democracies? Wingo considers both theoretical and practical aspects of these questions as they arise in two distinct contexts: (1) existing liberal democracies such as the United States, Western Europe and their outposts such as Japan and (2) the non-liberal and democratizing states in the developing world especially in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Wingo focuses specifically on electoral democracy.

keywords

  • social, ethical and political philosophy, African Philosophy, Comparative Democratic Philosophy

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ARSC 4909 - Senior Thesis for Individually Structured Major
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 1200 - Contemporary Social Problems
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020
    Examines competing positions in debates over a wide variety of controversial moral, social and political issues. Topics may include: abortion, world poverty, animal rights, immigration, physician-assisted suicide, freedom of religion, hate speech, cloning, income inequality, pornography, gun rights, racial profiling, capital punishment, overpopulation, prostitution, drug legalization, torture. Formerly titled 'Philosophy and Society.'
  • PHIL 3040 - African Philosophy: Personhood and Morality
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Examines conceptions of personhood, humanity, and morality among several African ethnic groups (including the Akan and Nso), employing a comparative approach that challenges traditional Western philosophical presuppositions and builds sensitivity to unfamiliar conceptions of morality and politics. Gives special attention to the effects of history, geography, and the environment on different societies' ways of conceptualizing ethical questions. Topics include human rights; free will and responsibility; custom and morality; and methodological questions concerning cross-cultural comparisons. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of Philosophy course work.
  • PHIL 3200 - Social and Political Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to an in-depth examination and analysis of central operational ideas in social and political philosophy, such as power, freedom, equality, democracy, justice, rights, community, individuality, civil disobedience, and law. A thorough treatment of any of these ideas may call for some cross-cultural and/or comparative political and social analysis. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy course work.
  • PHIL 4260 - Philosophy of Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Considers philosophical topics concerning law and the U.S. legal system. Topics that may be considered include the nature of law, relations between law and morality, justifications of punishment, the moral duty to obey the law, and law and liberty. Recommended prerequisite: 12 hours philosophy course work. Same as PHIL 5260.
  • PHIL 4950 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: 12 hours philosophy course work.
  • PHIL 5100 - Ethics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Presents representative positions in normative ethics and metaethics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • PHIL 5260 - Philosophy of Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Considers philosophical topics concerning law and the U.S. legal system. Topics that may be considered include the nature of law, relations between law and morality, justifications of punishment, the moral duty to obey the law, and law and liberty. Same as PHIL 4260.
  • PHIL 6200 - Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Provides an in-depth look at some particular topic in social and political philosophy, such as rights, political freedom, political obligation, or democracy.

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International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)