Devon Johnson


(813) 257-3855



401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

FO 116

Meet Devon Johnson

Professor of Instruction I, Philosophy

Education: 2003 Florida State University, B.A.
2005 Florida State University, M.A
2014 Temple University, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Race

Career Specialties: Devon Johnson's areas of academic interest include Africana philosophy, black existentialism and philosophy of hip-hop.

Professional and Community Activities: Johnson's focus is on questions of Africana philosophy as they relate to the existential phenomena of Nihilism and anti-black racism. His specific research interests and areas of publication are in studies of black youth, hip-hop and maturity.

Recent publications include:

  • "From the Inside: Time Spent Philosophizing in Prison, Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishing, (Spring 2021) –under review.
  • “The Revolutionary Language of Black Existentialism,” in Danielle Davis (ed.), Black Existentialism. London: Rowan & Littlefield International, (March 2019)
  • “In Pursuit of Existential Dopeness: Kendrick Lamar’s Damn,” in The Philosophers’ Magazine. UK: (Spring 2019)
  • “Beyond Tradition: A Short Philosophical Rumination On Africana Philosophy and Nihilism in 21st Century America,” American Philosophical Association: Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience 16, no. 2. (Spring 2017): 22–23