About Me


My name is Malik Ajani. I am a student of philosophy, history and society. For me, philosophy simply means the love of wisdom. The Greek word 'philia' (φιλία), simply means love and 'sofia' (σοφία) means knowledge/wisdom. But one does not have to be Greek to study philosophy or love wisdom. The ancient philosopher Socrates said that he was the citizen of Athens, but he also saw himself as the citizen of the cosmos (universe). For him, this meant living a life dedicated to the pursuit of understanding and contributing to the welfare of oneself, his fellow citizens and ultimately the cosmos as a whole. Philosophy is a journey which begins with a question. Some questions that inspire me are:

  • Who am I?
  • What does it mean to be a human being?
  • What kind of person am I becoming?
  • What kind of world do we wish to live in?
  • What does a just society look like?
  • Is justice essentially about punishment or is it about reform?
  • What social and political institutions/practices empower all human beings to improve the quality of their lives?
  • Within the rich diversity of the world, how can we find common ground?