Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm, agrégé and Doctor of Philosophy. After teaching philosophy at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, and then at Northwestern University in Evanston, he is now Professor at Columbia University in New York, where he also directs the Institute of African Studies. He is the author of numerous works in the fields of the history of algebraic logic, Islamic philosophy and philosophy in Africa. His research interests lie in the history of philosophy and algebraic logic, the history of Islamic philosophy and African philosophy. At the centre of his philosophical work is the reflection on a universal of the encounter, a universal from the plural of the world. His most recent works are :
From Language to Language. L’hospitalité de la traduction, Paris, Albin Michel, 2022 ; Le fagot de ma mémoire, Paris, Philippe Rey, 2021 (prize; La controverse. Dialogue sur l’islam (with Remi Brague), Paris, Stock, 2019 ; En quête d’Afrique(s). Universalisme et pensée décoloniale (with Jean-Loup Amselle), Paris, Albin Michel, 2018 ; Comment Philosopher en islam, Paris, Philippe Rey, 2013 ; Bergson postcolonial. L’élan vital dans la pensée de Léopold Sédar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal. Paris, CNRS Editions, 2011.
Souleymane Bachir Diagne is an associate member of the Académie Royale de Belgique and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.