Workineh Kelbessa

Name:              Workineh Kelbessa Golga


  1. BA in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1988
  2. MA in Development Studies, Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands, 1997
  3. Ph.D. in Environmental Ethics, Philosophy Section, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, UK, 2001

Academic Rank: Associate Professor

Working for Addis Ababa University since 1988


  1. Secretary of Academic Commission, College of Social Sciences, AAU, 1994-96
  2. Head, Department of Philosophy, AAU, 2001-2004 and 2006-2007
  3. Member of Promotions, Appointments, Research and Publications Committee, CSS, AAU, 2001-2004


Campus:                     Main

Building Name:           NCR, College of Social Sciences

Floor No:                    2

Office Room No:        210

Office Tel.                   +251-11 1239747

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Research Interests: Environmental Philosophy, Development Ethics, Climate Ethics, African Philosophy, Indigenous Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Love and Sex, Comparative Philosophy



  1. Traditional Oromo Attitudes towards the Environment: An Argument for Environmentally Sound Development, OSSREA Social Science Research Report Series, No. 19. Addis Ababa: Commercial Printing Enterprise, 2001.
  2. Indigenous and Modern Environmental Ethics: A Study of the Indigenous Oromo Environmental Ethic and Modern Issues of Environment and Development: Ethiopian Philosophical Studies, I. Washington, D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2011.


  1. “The African Source of Greek Philosophy” Journal of African Religion and Philosophy 2(2) (1993):14-23.
  2. “Environmental Ethics in Theory and Practical Application” Ethiopian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities 1(1) (2003): 63-88.
  3. “La rehabilitation de l’éthique environmentale traditionnelle en Afrique,” Diogène, 207 (2004):20-43.
  4. “The Rehabilitation of Indigenous Environmental Ethics in Africa” Diogenes 52(207) (2005) :17-34.
  5. “In Search of an Ethical Response to Environmental Impact of Globalisation”

Caribbean Journal of Philosophy 1(1) (2009). [Available from:].

  1. “Rethinking Development: The Need for Ethics in Development Theory and Practice” Ciencia & Tropico 35(1) (2011):167-214.
  2. “Environmental Injustice in Africa” Contemporary Pragmatism 9(1) (2012):99-132.
  3. “Oromo Conception of Life: An Introduction” World Views: Environment, Culture, Religion 17 (2013):60-76.
  4. “Can African Environmental Ethics Contribute to Environmental Policy in Africa?” Environmental Ethics 36(1) (2014):31-61.
  5. “Indigenous Knowledge and Its Contribution to Biodiversity Conservation” International Social Science Journal 63 (209-210) (2015).


  1. “Africa, Sub-Saharan,” in Callicott, J. Baird and Robert Frodeman (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Detroit, Michigan: Macmillan Reference, Gale, Volume 1, (2009), pp. 10-18
  2. “Globalization and Localization,” in Chumakov, Alexander N, Ivan I. Mazour and William C. Gay (eds.). Global Studies Encyclopedic Dictionary. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014, pp. 237-239.


Review of Africa’s Quest for a Philosophy of Decolonization, by Messay Kebede. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2004. Africa Development/ Afrique et Développement  XXXI (4) (2006):151-158.


  1. “Foreign Influence and Its Impact on Ethiopian Philosophy,” Marcus, Harold G. (ed.). New Trends in Ethiopian Studies: Ethiopia 94; Papers of the Twelfth International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Volume I. Michigan State University, 5-10 September. Lawrenceville, NJ.: Red Sea Press, 1994, pp. 440-450.
  2. “Indigenous Environmental Ethics in Ethiopia,” in Fukui, Katsuyoshi et al. (eds.). Ethiopia in Broader Perspective: Papers of the XIIIth International Conference of Ethiopian Studies. Kyoto, 2-17 December, Volume III, Kyoto: Shokado Book Sellers, 1997, pp. 264-303.
  3. “Globalisation and Indigenous Environmental Knowledge in Ethiopia,” in Assefa, Taye et al (eds.).Globalisation, Democracy, and Development in Africa: Challenges and Prospects. Addis Ababa: Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), 2001,  275-306.
  4. “Logic in Ethiopian Philosophical and Sapiential Literature,” in Sumner, Claude and Samuel Wolde Yohannes (eds.). Perspectives in African Philosophy: An Anthology on “Preblematics of an African Philosophy: Twenty Years After (1976-1996).” Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa University Printing Press, 2002, pp. 108-122.
  5. “Indigenous and Modern Environmental Ethics: Towards Partnership,” in Presbey, Gail et al (eds.). Thought and Practice in African Philosophy: SelectedPapers of the Sixth Annual Conference of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS). Nairobi: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, 2002, pp. 47-61.
  6. “Dialogue among Civilisations and the Process of Globalisation,” in Moazami, Bahman and Rassouli, Navid (eds.). Collection of Papers of the International Conference on Dialogue among Civilizations From the View Pointof Young People. Tehran: Alhuda International Publishers and Distributors, 2004, pp. 91-141.
  7. “Can Oral Traditions be the Sources of Philosophy?” in Bagershahi, Ali Nagi (ed.). Islamic Philosophy and Western Philosophies: The Papers Presented at the Second World Congress on Mulla Sadra (May 2004, Iran) 2. Tehran: Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute (SIPRIN) Publications, 2006, pp. 345-358.
  8. “Réhabiliter l’éthique environnementale indiegène,” in Hountondji, Paulin (ed.). La  rationalité , une ou plurielle? Dakar: CODESRIA, 2007, pp. 379-412.
  9. “Oral Traditions, African Philosophical Methods and their Contributions to Education and Our Global Knowledge,” in Ames, Roger T and Peter D. Hershock (eds.). Educations and   Their Purposes: A Philosophical Dialogue Among Cultures. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008, pp. 291-309.
  10. “The Dialogue of Cultural Traditions, Ethics, and Public Service,” in  Sweet, William et al. (eds.). The Dialogue of Cultural Traditions: A Global Perspective. Washington, D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2008, pp. 352-362.
  11. “African Philosophy of Sex and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic” in Proceedings of the   

XXII World Congress of Philosophy. Volume 28. Philosophy in Africa:  Contemporary Issues, 2008, pp. 93-119.

12       “African Philosophy of Sex and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic,” in Yan, Jinfen and David Schrader, (eds.). Creating a Global Dialogue on                        Value Inquiry: Papers from the XXII World Congress of Philosophy (Rethinking Philosophy Today).Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen                  Press, 2009, pp.349-391.

13       “Climate Change Impacts and Planning in Africa,” in Gow, M. Kathryn (ed.). Meltdown: Climate Change, Natural Disasters and                              Other Catastrophes – Fears and Concerns of the Future. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, pp. 247-267.

14        “Indigenous Environmental Philosophy,” in Garfield, Jay and William Edelglass(eds.). The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy.                         Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp. 574-581.

15       “Environmental Injustice in Africa,” in McDonald, Hugh P. (ed.).  Pragmatism and Environmentalism. Amsterdam and New York:                           Rodopi, 2012, pp. 99-132.

16       “The Value of Compassion and Forgiveness: the African Experience,” In Alam, Edward (ed.). Compassion and Forgiveness: Religious                    and Philosophical Perspectives From Around the World. Louaize: Notre Dame University Press, 2013, pp. 95-156.

17       “Principles of Western Bioethics and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Africa,” in Sweet, William, George F. McLean, Oliva Blanchette and                      Wonbin Park (eds.). Philosophy Emerging from Culture. Washington, D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy,                            2013, pp. 43-70.

18        “Economic Growth, Human Well-Being and the Environment,” in Ames, Roger T. and Peter D. Hershock (eds.). Value and Values:                          Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2015, pp. 351-374. 1


  1. Member of the World Futures Studies Federation, 1996-
  2. Member of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies, 2000-
  3. Member of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, 2003-

Regional Coordinator, 2009-

  1. Member of the International Development Ethics Association, 2004-

Board Member of the International Development Ethics Association, 2006-2014.

  1. Board Member of the International Society for Value Inquiry, 2003-
  2. Member of Ethiopian Teachers Association, 1988-
  3. Member of Ethiopian Philosophical Association, 2010-
  4. Member of Society for International Development, 2011-
  5. Member of the World Public Forum, 2011-
  6. Member of UNESCO’s World Commission for the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), 2012-
  7. Member of UNESCO’s External Advisory Group of Experts that oversees the Process of Publishing an Interdisciplinary Resource Guide on Climate Change Reporting in Africa (2013)
  8. A Liaison for International Association of Environmental Philosophy in Ethiopia