Seminar – Post-Liberation Leadership: the Mandela Legacy

14 March: University of Fort Hare, Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa

CLEA boardroom (2nd floor Stewart Hall), Alice, 13h00 – 14h00.

Post-Liberation Leadership: the Mandela Legacy


Vuyani Booi (UFH NAHECS)

John Lamola (UP Philosophy)

Pedro Tabensky (Rhodes Centre for Leadership Ethics)

Final CFP: Phenomenology and Naturalism

2nd Annual Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa

Final CFP: Phenomenology and Naturalism 

11-13 April 2014

Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa 

Organized by Rafael Winkler, Catherine Botha, Abraham Olivier, Andrea Hurst, Marianna Oelofsen


Keynote speakers:

Professor John Sallis (Boston College)

Professor Paul Patton (UNSW)

Professor Tyler Burge (UCLA)

Professor David Papineau (KCL)


Naturalism is one of the dominant trends in both Anglo-American and European philosophy today. Owing to the influence of the works of W.V.O. Quine, Wilfred Sellars and Hillary Putnam among others, scientific naturalism both as a methodological and ontological position has become one of the mainstays of contemporary analytic approaches to knowledge, mind and ethics. From the early 1990s onward, European philosophy in the English-speaking world has been witnessing a shift from the subject-centred philosophies of phenomenology, hermeneutics and existentialism to a position that can loosely be described as non-scientific naturalism or naturalistic monism, owing largely to the translation of Deleuze’s works into English and recent explorations into neuroscience and the philosophy of mind by continental authors such as Catherine Malabou and others. Although there are significant differences between these two kinds of naturalism, both are at one in rejecting the first-person standpoint of phenomenology to the question of mind, meaning, knowledge, normativity, or art. This rejection challenges one of the founding claims of phenomenology, namely that no satisfactory account can be given of these issues from a naturalistic standpoint.

The aim of this three-day international conference is to bring together philosophers and postgraduate students working in the three main areas of contemporary philosophy, namely analytic thought, phenomenology, and continental naturalism. The themes of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Phenomenology and cognitive science;
  • Phenomenology and the philosophy of mind;
  • Phenomenology’s critique of naturalism;
  • The meaning of nature in art, science and philosophy;
  • Continental and analytic naturalism;
  • Naturalism and subjectivity;
  • Naturalism, nature, art;
  • Life and consciousness;
  • Wittgenstein, Sellars, Putnam, Quine, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze, Michel Henry, Bergson on nature, meaning, intentionality or mindedness.


Please provide a 700 word abstract for blind review and send it to The full paper should be no more than 3.500-4.000 words (the conference format allows for a 35-40 min. presentation followed by a 10-15 min. discussion). The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday the 10th of February 2014. Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by Friday the 21st of February 2014.


The International Journal of Philosophical Studies will be dedicating a special issue to a selection of the papers presented at the conference.

Conference fees:

The fee for the three-day conference for participants is R1254.00 (including VAT) or 456.00 (including VAT) per day should you wish to attend a day only. It is free of charge for all participating graduate and PhD students.


A limited number of bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation.


Lodging for conference participants has been arranged at Auckland Lodge ( There will be a free shuttle to and from the conference venue and the guesthouse for everyday of the conference for guests. The guesthouse is also within walking distance of the Bunting Road Campus venue.

Alternatively, guests can enquire about accommodation at Plumpudding Guesthouse ( and The View (, which are also within a reasonable walking distance from the UJ Bunting Road Campus. The current rate at Plumpudding Guesthouse is R650 per night inclusive of breakfast.

For more information about the conference, visit the Department’s website: Alternatively, please contact Rafael Winkler (, Catherine Botha (, Abraham Olivier (, Andrea Hurst ( or Marianna Oelofsen (

CFP: Science and Society in Africa

3—4 Sept 2014, Stellenbosch


Please e-mail abstracts to:

Africa faces the challenge of improving the critical understanding of science among non-scientists while respecting and responding to the fact that the history of science has been dominated by Europe and the USA.  Scientists in Africa must also grapple with colonial legacies of the use of a continent as a laboratory and a field-site. At the same time, Africa presents a challenge to science studies disciplines (e.g. philosophy, anthropology, communications) as they have evolved in Europe and the United States. At present there is a perceived gap between two positions: epistemic relativism which situates science as merely one socially constructed way of knowing among others of equal validity and realism, which accords it greater status as a universally true body of knowledge.  Both have been critiqued: realism has been cast as ignoring the influence of social factors on science and relativism has been pronounced to be impractical.

Closing this gap is politically and socially critical for development on the continent, as well as of global intellectual importance. Societies and science in Africa need to come to terms with each other, both as a set of social institutions and as knowledge-producers.

We welcome 300 word abstracts dealing with the following themes, or others relevant to the overall theme of the workshop:-

  • The proper integration of scientific knowledge in societies ruled by democratic and democratising states.
  • Science as one of many ways to understand race and human nature in post-colonial African contexts.
  • Biotechnology, nanotechnology and ‘blue sky science’ in African societies
  • ‘From bench to cell phone’: the challenges of ensuring public access to research and translating science into technology and institutional practices in a digital era.
  • The socio-economic and political challenges facing early career scientists in Africa
  • African coherence in science: the role of regional philanthropy and collaborations in agenda setting and contextual solutions

Participants will be invited to attend the conference to offer presentations based on full 5 000 word papers which should be based on these abstracts. (Drafts of these papers will be circulated to participants in advance and will need to be ready by 1 August 2014.)

This  workshop is being jointly organised by the South African Young Academy of Science, the Philosophy Department of University of Johannesburg, the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Cape Town.

The conference organizers are: Professor Alex Broadbent at the University of Johannesburg; Dr. Mandisa Mbali at Stellenbosch University and Dr. Tolullah Oni at the University of Cape Town.

The meeting will take place at Stellenbosch University.  Some travel funding will be available for post-graduate students and early career scholars.

CFP: Happiness Special Issue of SAJP


Special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy

Guest editors: Vasti Roodt (Stellenbosch University) and Isabelle Wienand (University of Fribourg / University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland)

What is happiness and how do we know when we have achieved it? Why do we desire happiness, and should we desire it? Is happiness a mental state or a prudential value, a subjective experience or the fulfilment of objective criteria, the satisfaction of desire or a measure of overall well-being? Is happiness culturally determined? What is the relationship between happiness and the good? What can the history of philosophy teach us about the idea of happiness? This special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy invites contributions on these and other philosophical questions related to happiness. Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • Classical versus modern theories of happiness
  • Perspectives on happiness from within African philosophy
  • The role of reason in happiness
  • Happiness as a moral concept
  • Happiness and pleasure
  • Happiness and utility
  • Justice, happiness and welfare
  • Measuring happiness
  • Philosophical issues raised by the psychology of happiness
  • Happiness and psychopathology
  • Representations of happiness in literature and/or art

The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2014 for publication in the SAJP Vol. 33 No. 4, 2014. All manuscripts must be submitted in electronic format by e-mail. They are to be prepared for anonymous review and sent as e-mail attachments (.doc, .docx, or .rtf files) to both guest editors, Vasti Roodt ( and Isabelle Wienand ( Manuscripts should be 6000-8000 words in length and adhere to the SAJP instructions for authors, available at All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review. However, authors should include their full name, affiliation and address for email correspondence with their submission. Further enquiries can be addressed to the guest editors or to the editor of the SAJP, Andrea Hurst, at

The SAJP is the official journal of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa. The journal is anonymously refereed, indexed and published by Taylor & Francis. The journal website is