The Libyan Revolution: Philosophical Interpretations


Libya, one of the notable African countries was engulfed in political crisis in February 2011. The protests were targeted towards the draconian rule of one of Africa’s longest reigning despots, Muammar Gaddafi who ruled Libya for forty two years without showing any sign of relinquishing power until the avoidable bloody uprisings eventually claimed his life. This paper chronicles the Libyan revolution and X-rays its philosophical importance. It is of the strong view that the greatest political challenge facing many African countries today (including Libya) is the inability of its political leaders to see politics as an opportunity to render selfless service to the masses through political governance. This singularly accounts for the reason behind so many unfortunate dictatorial tendencies in governance in some of these African countries. The issue of sit-tightism in office as aptly exemplified by Gaddafi is indeed a worrisome development not only to Libya but also to some other African countries that share the same unfortunate and better forgotten political experience with her. The paper strongly believes that the Libyan revolution should indeed serve as a serious warning signal to other African leaders who share Gaddafi’s retrogressive leadership philosophy of holding tenaciously to power to the detriment of their countries and their helpless citizens whom they hold in brazen perpetual political captivity.

Share and Cite:

Okaneme, G. (2015) The Libyan Revolution: Philosophical Interpretations. Open Journal of Philosophy, 5, 31-38. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.51004.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] African Countries by GDP Per Capita > GDP per Capita (Most Recent) by Country. National Master.
[2] Chaturvedi, A. K. (2006). Dictionary of Political Science. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
[3] Ekweke, E. E. (2007). Governance and Responsibility in Africa: The Nigerian Context. Amamihe Journal of Applied Philosophy, 5.
[4] Fayemi, A. K. (2006). The Tragedy of Pseudo-Democracy and Social Disorder in Contemporary Africa: Any philosophical Rescue? In I. Odimegwu (Ed.), Philosophy and Africa. Amawbia: Lumos Nigeria Limited Global Edge (via Michigan State University) Undated.
[5] Harrison-Barbet, A. (1990). Mastering Philosophy. London: The Macmillan Press Ltd. “Housing”.
[6] Mautner, T. (2000). The Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy. London: Penguin Books.
[7] Nnoli, O. (1986). Introduction to Politics. Lagos: Longman Nigeria a Limited.
[8] Nwala, T. U. (2007). The Otonti Nduka Mandate: from Tradition to Modernity. Inaugural Lecture, Nsukka: University of Nigeria Press Ltd.
[9] Oguejiofor, J. O. (2001). Philosophy and the African Predicament. Ibadan: Hope Publications.
[10] Ojukwu, E. O. (2005). Because I Am Involved. Ibadan: Spectrum Books Limited.
[11] Okeke, C. C. (2001). Introduction to Social Philosophy. Enugu: Academic Publishing Company.
[12] Okolo, C. B. (1994). Squandermania Mentality: Reflections on Nigerian Culture. Nsukka: University Trust Publishers.
[13] Oladipo, O. (2007). On Philosophy. In T. Ebijuwa (Ed.), Philosophy and Social Change. Ibadan: Hope Publications. (Report of the Working Groups on the Universal Periodic Review: Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. United Nations Human Rights Council, United Nations General Assembly 4 January, 2011.)
[14] Onigbinde, A. (2006). Philosophy and the Rest of Us. Ibadan: Frontline Books.
[15] Onigbinde, A. (2009) What Is Philosophy? Ibadan: Frtontline Books.
[16] The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary of the English Language (2004). Florida: Trident Press International.
[17] Wikipedia (2011). The History of Libya.

Copyright © 2023 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.