Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Professor of French

Columbia University

Souleymane Bachir Diagne received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. He is the author 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 (an English translation of his Islam et société ouverte, la fidélité et le mouvement dans la pensée de Muhammad Iqbal, Paris: Maisonneuve & Larose, 2001)), African Art as Philosophy. Senghor, Bergson, and the Idea of Negritude, (Seagull, 2011 (an English translation of his Léopold Sédar Senghor: l’art africain comme philosophie,Paris: Riveneuve Editions, 2007)). 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. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy.