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.
social, ethical and political philosophy, African Philosophy, Comparative Democratic Philosophy
PHIL 1200 - Contemporary Social Problems
Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
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.' Repeatable up to 6 credit hours.
PHIL 3200 - Social and Political Philosophy
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Systematic discussion and analysis of such philosophic ideas as community, freedom, political power, and violence. Recommended prerequisite: 6 hours of philosophy course work.
PHIL 4260 - Philosophy of Law
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 5100 - Ethics
Presents representative positions in normative ethics and metaethics. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
PHIL 5260 - Philosophy of Law
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.