Dr. Paul Nnodim

Professor, Philosophy


About Me

Professor Paul Nnodim joined the MCLA faculty in 2004 from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany. He is very passionate about teaching. His research interests include contemporary theories of justice, continental philosophy,corporate social responsibility (CSR), and most recently, self-identity in African philosophy.  Prof. Nnodim is the advisor of the MCLA Logic Club.


Research/Creative Interests

Theories of Justice, Continental Philosophy, African Philosophy, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).



2010-2011: The American Philosophical Association (APA) -Edinburgh Fellowship Award - The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. APA-Edinburgh Fellow

2011: Invited Senior Academic Visitor - Dept. of Philosophy, The University of Oxford, England - Trinity Term 2011

2007: International award for excellence in interdisciplinary social sciences by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 

2005/2006: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) faculty research award.

2000/2001/2002: Research scholarship award (LGFG) of the State Government of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. 




Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

New York: Routledge, Oct. 12, 2012


2. Rawls' Theorie der Gerechtigkeit als angemessene moralische Grundlage für eine liberale demokratische Gesellschaft im globalen Kontext.

Oberhausen (Germany): Athena Verlag, 2004

English Translation of title:

Rawls' theory of justice as an appropriate moral basis for the global institutionalization of liberal democratic order. Oberhausen (Germany): Athena Verlag. Paperback Online


3. Beyond Justice as Fairness (2013/2014)


View Paul Nnodim's Academic Citation Graph


4. The Tortoise and the Birds. Cherry Hill, New Jersey: Nefu Books (Sept. 2010) -illustrations by Yvonne Pierotti.


Little Tortoise's Blog

5. The Tortoise and the Seven Magical Creatures (The Adventure Series). Piraeus Books (May 2011) - illustrations by Yvonne Pierotti.


Selected Scholarly Articles:

2004: "Public Reason as a Form of Normative and Political Justification". South African Journal of Philosophy.

2005: "Rawls' Theorie der Globalen Gerechtigkeit und die Notwendigkeit einer rueckwirkenden kulturellen Legitimation fuer Menschenrechte". In: Gerechtigkeit: Auf der Suche nach einem Gleichgewicht. Neumaier, Sedmak und Zichy. Frankfurt a. M: Ontos Verlag, 209-225.

2006: "Global Justice and the Absence of Universal Morality: Rawlsian Perspectives on International Relations and Human Rights" The Mind's Eye.

2007: (with Bongo Adi & Kenneth Amaeshi) "Revisiting Rational Choice and Rationality Debate in the Social Sciences". The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

2007: (with Kenneth Amaeshi & Onyeka K. Osuji) "Corporate Control and Accountability in supply chains of Multinational Corporations: Clarifications and Managerial Implications". International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR), Nottingham University Business School, England.

2007: "Husserl and Heidegger on the Meaning of Phenomenology". Thesis XII

2008: (with Kenneth Amaeshi & Onyeka K. Osuji) "Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chains". Journal of Business Ethics.

Recent Newspaper Articles:

2011: "Abuja, Omelas, and the Burden of Denial" - Sahara Reporters

2011: "Veil of Ignorance ..." - Point Blank News


Contact Information

Office: 100 Porter Street, Room 5



Office Hours Spring 2018

Mondays, Wednesdays

2:00pm - 3:00pm

or by appointment 



Ph.D, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany: Philosophy, English and American Studies (joint honors), 2003

B. Phil (honors), Pontifical Urbanian University, Rome: Philosophy, 1992


Courses Taught

PHIL 480: German Philosophy & Language

PHIL 400: Kant Seminar (Honors)

PHIL-485: African Philosophy through Literature

PHIL-301-51: Philosophical Anthropology

Phil-385-01: Theories of Justice

PHIL- 385-02: Continental Philosophy

PHIL-285: Phenomenology & Existentialism

PHIL-200-01: Logic and Critical Reasoning   

PHIL-242-01: Modern Philosophy

CCHH-100-01: A First Course in Philosophy