JOB: Postdoc, UJ, Philosophy of Science

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to build on its growing strengths in the philosophy of science, broadly construed. The Fellow will pursue his or her own research under the supervision of Alex Broadbent (joining two existing Fellows in the philosophy of science). Relevant research interests fall within the philosophy of science broadly construed, to include the philosophy of epidemiology and medicine, as well as relevant topics in metaphysics and epistemology, notably causation. Applications are also welcome from those with an interest in relevant jurisprudential or political issues, for example the use of scientific or statistical evidence in legal or policy contexts. Any other interesting application will also be considered.

The Fellow may be asked to take on light teaching loads commensurate with career development, but these are not onerous and in duration do not exceed one quarter of the year.

The post is for one year in the first instance but is usually renewable subject to satisfactory publication. Funds for travel and other resources are also available, depending on progress with publications. Salary is 200,000 Rands p/a AFTER tax. Fellows are required to take out basic medical insurance.

Applicants should email the following materials to Alex Broadbent ( by 15 July 2013 and can expect a response by 31 July 2013. Informal or pre-application inquiries also welcome.

  1. CV
  2. Writing sample
  3. Indication of proposed research (300-500 words)

CFP: PSSA Conference, January 2014

This is the first call for papers for the annual conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Free State (South Africa) in Bloemfontein. The venue will still be announced. The date of the conference is Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 January 2014.  The conference has no theme, and papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome.  Abstracts of no more than 200 words should reach the conference organiser by 31 October 2013.

Details about the conference registration and other information will follow in the second call of papers in June 2013. Members of the PSSA and Philosophy departments in South Africa are kindly asked to distribute this notification about the conference to anyone who may be interested in attending or presenting. As in the past, participants of the conference will be able to send their presentations for possible inclusion in a special number of the South African Journal of Philosophy.

Please note that all accommodation arrangements are to be made by delegates themselves. A list of accommodation possibilities will be made available later. Transport to and from the airport in Bloemfontein should also be arranged by the delegates themselves. Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 15 November 2013. If you require this information at an earlier date, please indicate this to the conference organiser.

The conference organiser is Helen Cawood, email:

Conference website:

Conference Secretariat: Ms Helen Cawood (chair), Prof. Pieter Duvenage (member) and Ms Dirnel Casselegio (secretary), Department of Philosophy, University of the Free State (South Africa), P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300.

Telephone: +27 51 401 2237 Fax: +27 51 401 3993

Lecturer, Fort Hare: 3 June 2013






The Department of Philosophy, University of Fort Hare, East London, has one academic vacancy at the rank of Lecturer.

Requirements: A Master’s degree in Philosophy, (a PhD in Philosophy, or evidence of progress towards it, will serve as a recommendation), with prior university teaching at undergraduate level, together with research experience, and a developing record of high-quality publications.

Recommendations: Knowledge in Ethics, Epistemology, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Political philosophy or Philosophy of Mind. Interest in the South African Centre for Phenomenology, co-hosted by the Department.

Key performance areas: Candidates are expected to lecture general philosophy at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels across both campuses (East London and Alice), conduct research for peer-reviewed publications, and assist with departmental administration.

Closing Date: 3rd June 2013

Applications (CV with cover letter) should be sent to Mr S Snaigo, The Human Resources Team Leader, The Human Resources Department, University of Fort Hare, 50 Church Street, East London, South Africa ( Also send a copy to the Head of the Department of Philosophy, Prof A Olivier (

Please note: Correspondence will be conducted with short-listed candidates only. The University of Fort Hare is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Pursuant to complying with the Employment Equity Act No, 55 of 1998, when appointing, preference will be given to applicants from the designated groups whose appointment will contribute towards the achievement of equitable demographic representation of our Workforce profile. The University reserves the right NOT to make an appointment.

Spring Colloquium, September 2013

First Call for papers for the Spring Colloquium, September 2013

The annual Spring Colloquium will this year be held in the Midlands KwaZulu-Natal (venue to be confirmed), and is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It will take place from  the 28th to the 29th of September 2013.

Papers in all areas of philosophy welcome.

Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words for consideration to:

Abstracts should reach us no later than the 31st of July 2013.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out no later than 12th August 2013.

Details about registration and other information will follow shortly.

Spring Colloquium 2013 Organisers:

Dr Heidi Matisonn

Dr Jacek Brzozowski

School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Private Bag X01

Scottsville 3209


South Africa