Dr. Paul Nnodim

Professor, Philosophy

Paul Nnodim
(413) 662-5316
100 Porter Street


Ph.D. Philosophy (major), English (minor), and
American Studies (minor) - Johannes Gutenberg
University Mainz, Germany
MA. Creative Writing (Novel Writing) - Middlesex
University London, UK

B. Phil (Hons). Philosophy - Pontifical Urban
University, Rome

Courses Taught

HONR 301-02: Justice & Immigration

HONR 301-01: Heidegger

HONR 30-03: John Rawls

HONR 301: Kant 

PHIL 480: German Philosophy & Language

PHIL 385: Philosophical Theology

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

About Me

Professor Paul Nnodim holds a Ph.D in Philosophy, English, and American Studies 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  African philosophy.

He is the author of three scholarly books, two children's books, numerous articles, and book chapters. 

Professor Nnodim's works have been honored with both international and local awards, such as the American Library Association's CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2021; the American Philosophical Association's Edinburgh Fellowship Award (2010-2011); The International Award for Excellence in interdisciplinary social sciences by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (2007); and the MCLA Faculty Research Award (2006).

Selected Publications


Beyand Justice as Fairness book jacket

Beyond Justice as Fairness

Nov. 2020 

Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Group 

American Library Association Choice for Outstanding Academic Title



Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

New York: Routledge (2012 & 2015)



 Rawls' Theorie der Gerechtigkeit (Rawls's Theory of justice)

Oberhausen (Germany): Athena Verlag (2004) 

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “Justice as Fairness and Ubuntu: Conceptualizing Justice through Human Dignity.” Ethical Perspectives 27, no.1, 2020, pp. 69-91 (with Austin Okigbo - University of Colorado, Boulder).
  • “College Accessibility Based on Gender, Race, and Socio-economic Identities.” Thesis XII, 2019 (with Katherine Duval, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts).
  • “Identity Politics in American Higher Education: The Need for More Diversity, Recognition, and Inclusion.” Identities. Christopher Nixon (ed). Freiburg: Karl Alber Verlag, 2019 (with Katherine Duval, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts).
  • “Kant’s Transcendental Idealism and the “Death” of Metaphysics.” Thesis XII, 2018.
  • “Utilitarian Dilemmas in the Literature of Scapegoats.” Thesis XII, 2016.
  • “The Concept of Person in African Philosophy.” In: Life, Body, Person, and Self: A Reconsideration of Core Concepts in Bioethics from an Intercultural Perspective. Graetzel and Guhe (Eds.), Freiburg: Karl Alber, 2015.
  • “Nigerian Leaders Under the Veil of Ignorance: Justice, Peace, and Good Governance” The Leader, 2011
  • “Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chains” Journal of Business Ethics, 2008 (with Kenneth Amaeshi, University of Cranfield, UK)
  • “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, UK, 2007 (With Kenneth Amaeshi, University of Cranfield, UK)
  • “Revisiting Rational Choice and Rationality Debate in the Social Sciences” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2007 (with Kenneth Amaeshi – University of Cranfield, UK and Bongo Adi – University of Tsukuba, Japan)
  • “Husserl and Heidegger on the Meaning of Phenomenology” Thesis XII, 2007
  • “Global Justice and the Absence of Universal Morality: Rawlsian Perspectives on International Relations and Human Rights” The Mind’s Eye, 2006
  • “Rawls’ Theorie der Globalen Gerechtigkeit und die Notwendigkeit einer rueckwirkenden kulturellen Legitimation fuer Menschenrechte.” In: Gerechtigkeit: Auf der Suche nach einem Gleichgewicht ed. Neumaier, Sedmak und Zichy. Frankfurt a. M: Ontos Verlag, 209-225, 2005
  • “Public Reason as a Form of Normative and Political Justification.” The South African Journal of Philosophy, 2004

Forthcoming Book:

Nnodim, P. & Okigbo, A.: Ubuntu - "A Comparative Study of an African Concept of Justice."  Leuven: KU-Leuven University Press (under contract).

Office hours

Tuesday 10am-2pm
online by appointment