The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies was created in November 2017. This was necessitated by the fact that various courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies in the university were offered by departments that were not directly of the philosophical and religious bearing. There was also a growing number of students’ enrolment in Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programmes in Religion, which in essence needed a department that will directly address their academic concerns.
Today, the issue of reflective, moral, and credible leadership is wanting in society, particularly in Kenya. There is an avalanche of scandals in almost every sector of society. The basis for this decadence can be attributed to a lack of critical and moral embracement training of personnel, particularly in governance and leadership, teaching and training institutions, whereby philosophical and religious values are adversely overlooked. Therefore, Kisii University through the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies seeks to prepare qualified and competent people who will be able to offer much-needed support in mitigating moral challenges in society.
The mission of the Department
To meet the goals of Kisii University, the mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is to produce highly talented graduates who can integrate philosophical, moral, and religious knowledge to form a basis for a meaningful life within the public, private and the non-governmental sectors of society. It is an insightful multi-disciplinary department that is characterized by a dynamic and professional approach that makes religion a hinge that informs all other disciplines in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
To cultivate and build learners religiously, morally, and professionally towards an informed and critical approach to issues affecting humanity in a global and multicultural setting as exemplified in the vision 2030 and beyond.
The Rationale of the Department
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at all levels offers career-oriented, professional, and liberal religious and moral education, which prepares its learners in a variety of philosophical, moral, and religious disciplines necessary for a rapidly growing pluralistic society that yearns for religious and moral values. The implied disciplines would assist the learners and, particularly those working or engaged with activities related to human needs in both government and non-governmental institutions by providing a reflective faith-based and ethical framework for effective service delivery to society. Further, it would help in engaging the learners with opportunities provided by international, governmental, and non-government bodies.
- To have insightful teaching in philosophical, ethical, and religious spheres en-framed within a value-based approach.
- To obtain a firm foundation in critical thinking skills associated with proper religious and philosophical training.
- To foment intellectual, ethical, and religious principles, underlining interpersonal values.
The department is experiencing a growing number of students in the programmes offered:
- Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
- Master of Arts in Religion
- Doctor of Philosophy in Religion
Dr. Richard Ayako (Lecturer)
Dr. Richard holds a Ph.D. degree in Ministry in Global Mission Leadership, MA in Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology. He is an Ordained Gospel Minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church serving in various capacities. He is an academician and scholar interested in research in the area of religious studies.
Dr. Daniel Kandagor (Senior Lecturer)
Dr. Daniel Rotich Kandagor holds a bachelor’s degree, a Master’s in History, and a Doctoral degree in religion. He is quite an experienced person in academics and administrative responsibilities. He taught Mount Kenya University, Egerton, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, and Kisii University.
Dr. Erick Ogwora (Senior Lecturer)
Dr. Erick Ogwora holds a bachelor’s degree, Masters and Doctoral (all in the area of Philosophy). He is quite an experienced person. Currently is a senior lecturer in Philosophy, Board member of KEMRI. Also taught at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Mr. George Simiyu (Tutorial Fellow)
Mr. Simiyu joined the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2018 as a tutorial fellow. He has a special interest in General Philosophy and Philosophy of Education. Other areas of interest include Cultural Studies and Political Science.
Dr. Maurice Ogolla (Lecturer)
Dr. Maurice Ogolla holds a Ba degree in religious studies, MA in religious studies, and Ph.D. in religious studies. He has taught at Catholic University and is currently a lecturer at Kisii University. Dr. Ogolla has is experienced in the teaching profession.
Mrs. Ruth Nyamongo (Tutorial Fellow)
Mrs. Nyamongo holds a Masters in Religious Studies. She is a tutorial fellow teaching religious studies courses in the department. She is a Ph.D. registered student in Religion.
Research and Publications of the Department
- Ichuloi , A. Joseph M. & David K. (2019). Effectiveness of Consociational Democracy in the Management of Ethno-Political Conflicts: The Case of Mandera County, Kenya in International Journal of Innovative Research and Knowledge Volume-4 Issue-9, (September 2019).
- Edmund, W. (2019). East African infrastructural development race: a sign of postmodern Pan-Africanism? Cambridge Review of International Affairs ISSN: 0955-7571 (August, 2019).
- Ichuloi, A. Were, E & Nareeba, P. (2019). Effectiveness of Indigenous Social Networks in Building Social Integration in Public Universities in Uganda in the Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies (JAIS) Vol. 3, No. 6 (June 2019).
- Ichuloi Antony (2019). African indigenous cultural ontology and environmental conservation and management in some Kenyan communities in International Journal of Humanities and Education Research Volume 1, Issue 1 (January 2019) Page No. 17-26
- Ichuloi Antony (2018). The Dynamics of Ethnic Identity Politics in Kenya’s Political Landscape in International Journal of Humanities Social Sciences and Education (IJHSSE) Volume 5, Issue 11 (November 2018).
- Ichuloi, A. (2015). “The Reconstituting Nature of Modern Technology on Environment”, in International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, vol.3 Issue 6 (June 2015) 314-321.
- Ichuloi, A. (2015). “A critical Reflection on the Human Condition in the Technological Development”, in Scholars Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2015, 3 (3C) 743-752.
- Ichuloi, A. (2015). “A Philosophical Reflection on the Relevance of Death in the Medical and Technological Frame,” in Scholars Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2015; 3 (4A) 860-868.
- Ichuloi, A. (2015). “The Disappearance of Language and the Relevance of Poetry and Arts as Forms of Truth-Revealing in the Technological Unconcealment,” in Scholars Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, 2015; 3(4B) 903-914.
- Ichuloi, A. (2015). “The Ontological Paradox of Outsourcing Human Resources to Technology,” in International Journal in Management and Social Science, Vol. 3 Issue 10 (October 2015) 381-393.
- Ichuloi, A. (2015). “A Response to the En-framing Nature of Modern Technology,” in International Journal in Information Technology and Engineering, Vol. 3 Issue 11, (November 2015) 17-30.
- Ichuloi, A. (2016). Modern Science and Technology: A Challenge to Human Self-understanding, England: Scholars’ Press.
- Ichuloi, A. (2016). “Modern Technology and the Problem of Ultimate Transcendence”, in International Journal in Management and Social Science, Vol. 4 Issue 3 (March 2016) 577-588.
- Ichuloi, A. (2018). “Phenomenology of Planet Earth Ontology: A Stride towards Environmental Integrity and Conservation” International Journal of Humanities Social Sciences and Education (IJHSSE), Vol 5, no. 9, (2018), pp. 1-14. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2349-0381.0509003.
- Ichuloi, A. (2018). “The Dynamics of Ethnic Identity Politics in Kenya’s Political Landscape,” in International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences and Education (IJHSSE), Vol 5, Issue 11, November 2018, pp. 16-31 http://dx.doi.org/10.20431/2349-0381.0511003.
- John, L.M., Were, E., & Kandagor, D. R. (2018). The role of Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mechanism Actors on Land Use Management in Pokot Central sub-County. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 8(4), 180–193.
- Kandagor, R. D. (2015), Define your Success, Kampala (UG): Tororo Publishers LTD
- Kandagor, R. D. (2010) Women’s Roles in the Anglican Church of Kenya: A Case Study of the Diocese of Nakuru, 1961-1963: VDM Publishing House Ltd, Beau-Bassin-Germany
- Kandagor, R. D. (2010) Rethinking British Rule and “native” Economies in Kenya: Tugen Transformation, 1895-1963:Pangolin Publishers LTD
- F.N. Wegulo, Kandagor, R.D, et al (2007), National and International Affairs I: A Degree Course in Military Science: Egerton, Egerton University Press,
- Kandagor, R. D., Kiigi et al: National and international Affairs I: A Diploma Course in Military Science: Egerton, Egerton University, 2007
- Msangi, J and Kandagor, R.D. (1997), “Horticultural Crop Production and Rural Development in the Drylands of Kenya “ IFRA, (Nairobi: Ifra)
- Joseph Nyasani & Eric Thomas Ogwora (2015) Epistemology: A Theory of Knowledge. Nairobi: Consolata press.
- Eric Thomas Ogwora (2014) PHILOSOPHY OF PHILOSOPHIES: Lonergan’s Notion of Human Consciousness a Critique of Theories of Knowledge in Epistemology. Lambert: LAP Publishing Press.
- Ogwora, Eric T. (2015) Constitutionalism, and Constructive democracy and the impact on American Democratic Modal by On-line Journal modeling the New Europe
- Ogwora, Eric T (2017). Transcendental Philosophy of Education Model of African University Education – Journal of Popular Education in Africa (JOPEA)Volume 1, No. 1, October 2017
- Ogwora, Eric T. (2017) Reflection on Lonergan’s Transcendental philosophy of Education As Way of Redeeming African University Education so as to Foster Intellectual, Moral and Religious Conversion Among the students. Journal for Education and Practice
- Ogwora, Eric T (2017). Governance and the Unending Search For foundational Leadership in contemporary African politics in Journal of Popular Education in Africa, Vol. 1, No 2, November 2017 ISSN 2523-2800
- Ogwora, Eric T (2017). Electoral Bribery and Corruption: a Deterrent and a Game Changer towards Democratic Process and Fair Election in Kenya- Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies (JAIS) Volume 1, Number 2, November 2017 ISSN 2523-6725 (online)
- Ogwora, Eric T (2017).Bernard Lonergan’s Authentic Moral Subjectivity and Objectivity: A Solution to the Problem of the Culture of War and violence in the Contemporary World. Africa at Development Cross Road. Nairobi: Centre for Democracy Research and Development, 2017)
- Ogwora, Eric T (2013).Critical Understanding of John Dewey’s Progressive Theory: A Solution to the Problems Facing Current Educational System in Kenya- Journal for research for humanities and social sciences, Vol.3, No.9,2013
- Ogwora, Eric T (2013). Philosophy as a Key Instrument in Establishing Curriculum, Educational Policy, Objectives, Goals of Education, Vision, and Mission of Education. Journal of Education and Practice. Vol.4, No.11,2013) ISSN 2222-1735(paper) ISSN 2222-288X (Online).
- Mosomi K.R, E.T. Ogwora & G. Njuguna (2017) An Assessment of the Techniques used by the SDA Church in eradicating FGM in the Gesima Division, Nyamira County. Journal of International Academic Research for Multidisciplinary. (ISSN: 2320-5083, Volume 5, Issue 10, November 2017)
- Nyameya, Florence, Eric T. Ogwora & Callen Nyamwange (2018) The Impact of Cultural Perception on Women Participation in Leadership Among the Abagusii, A case of Kitutu Masaba Constituency, Nyamira county.( International Journal of Social Sciences and Information Technology) ISSN 2412-0294
- Ibrahim S. Abdile & Eric Thomas Ogwora (2018) Mismanagement of Resources in Devolved Counties: a Source of Marginalization and Inter-Clan Conflict in Mandera County, Kenya Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies (JAIS) ISSN 2523-6725 (online) Volume 2, Number 8, August 2018
- Otieno, T. Juma, Eric T. Ogwora & Maurice N. Amutabi (2018) Challenges of Elections Management to Security in a Regional Complex: Kenya’s 2007 Election in East Africa International Journal of Trend in Research and Development, Volume 5(5), ISSN: 2394-9333
- Otieno, T. Juma, Eric T. Ogwora, Maurice Amutabi (2018). The Changing Nature of African Conflict: Regional Electoral Insecurity. E-International Relation Journal (www.e-ir.info)
- Joshua, Gloria Nthenya, Pamela Wandede & Eric T Ogwora (2018) Determinant of Contraceptive use among Kisii University Students: A Case of Public University in Western Kenya. African Peer Refereed Journal e-ISSN: 3241-12543, p-ISSN: 3214-5417.Volume 1, Issue 1, Ver. I (September 2018)
- Omote, Loice Nyakerario, Eric Ogwora & Gerishon Njuguna (2017) Sources of Premarital Sex Knowledge among Seventh Day Adventist Youth in Gachuba Ward, Nyamira County, Kenya. The International Journal Of Humanities & Social Studies (ISSN 2321 – 9203) www.theijhss.com 243 Vol 5 Issue 10 October 2017
- Masenge, Dennis Omwamba, Kennedy Onkware, Eric Thomas Ogwora (2018) Influence of Employee In-Service Training on Service Delivery in Kisii County Government, Kenya INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS OF ACADEMICS & RESEARCH (IJARKE Business & Management Journal)
- Eric Thomas Ogwora (2013) Transcendental Philosophy of Education: A guide to Authentic Education. Lonergan’ Perspective. Lambert: LAP Publishing Press.
- Ayako R. (2014). “Strategy for Increasing the Participation of Students From a Seventh-day Adventist Background in Spiritual Activities in Kisii University.” (2014). Project Documents 260. http://digitalcommons.ed/dmin/260
- Ayako R. (2014). Tackling Corruption in Africa: An Adventist Perspective. The Global Ethics Crisis: Implications for the Adventist Church in Africa. First Annual AUA Research Conference September 2014.
- Ayako R. (2015). The Role of the Church in Tackling Corruption in Africa. The 1st Kisii County Education Conference, Held at Kisii University.
- Ayako R. (2017). “Sources of Pre-Marital Sex Knowledge among Seventh-day Adventist Youth in Gachuba Ward, Nyamira County, Kenya.” International Journal of Humanities & Social Studies-Volume 5, Issue 10, October
- Ayako R. (2019). Abagusii Traditional Marriage and the Conservation of Community Moral Values in Kisii County, Kisii. African Studies Conferences at Kisii University,
Calendar of Events
To enhance research and publications, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies holds paper and research presentations every first Wednesday of the Month.