Making One's Way in the World

Dr. Illya Davis, Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College

Thursday, February 23, 2023, from Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Professor Illya Eliphis Davis, PhD, serves as the Director of Freshmen and Seniors' Academic Success Programs and professor of philosophy at Morehouse College.

He is a 1989 philosophy graduate of Morehouse College. He pursued a Master's in Religion and Culture at Harvard University and doctoral studies at The University of Chicago in Philosophy of Religion.

He has published on the political thought of former Morehouse College president Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, African American Religious Experiences, Black existential thought, Black fraternities and sororities, and, Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Professor Davis has provided invited lectures at the United States Department of Labor, The University of Chicago, Duke University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, he provided the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day talk for the United States Department of Labor.

Professor Davis is a frequent social and political contributor to NPRs WABE-Atlanta. He teaches and researches Africana Philosophy and Race, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. He is the proud father of two young ladies, Ilan—a 2021 graduate of Spelman College, and Anya—a sophomore at Spelman College. He is a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.


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Resources compiled from the 2023 Speakers Series, provided by the PA Care Partnership grant:

Making One’s Way in the World, Professor Illya Eliphis Davis, Professor of Philosophy, Morehouse College, Thursday, February 23, 2023

To contact Professor Davis: or join him on Twitter at IThink_UThink

Reading recommended by Professor Davis:

  • "Self-reliance," by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • Black on Black, by Daniel Black
  • "A Raisin in the Sun" (the play) by Lorraine Hansberry
  • Nietzsche - The Gay Science (1882)
  • Immanuel Kant - What is Enlightenment? - Enlightenment is humanity's emergence from self-incurred immaturity
  • Color Purple - I might be black, I might be ugly, but I am still here

Resources recommended by members of the audience:

  • When the Body Says No
  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance - a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Nietzche’s - Thought Experiment
  • C. S. Lewis - most known for Chronicles of Narnia
  • Angela Davis - “Are Prisons Obsolete”
  • Dr. Bertice Berry's latest book - BlackWorld