The aims and objectives of a programme in Philosophy should include the following:
To provide a solid foundation in philosophy for those who want to do professional/academic philosophy.
To provide a thorough instruction in the traditional quadrivium of philosophy, viz: Epistemology and Metaphysics, History of Philosophy, Logic, and Values, including Ethics and Aesthetics, Social and Political Philosophy.
To de-emphasize abstractions and system building in the programme and seek instead to bridge between academic/professional philosophy and social practice in Nigeria specially and Africa as a whole.
To seek, discover, create and establish the specifics of African contribution to global philosophy.
To take cognizance of the existence of other “philosophies” and introduce the student to them, e.g. Oriental Philosophy.
To provide courses which would be of interest to other departments and disciplines as a way of encouraging an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of philosophy and as this will recognize the wide-ranging nature of the subject.