JOB: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, UKZN




The Philosophy discipline in The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics excels in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of science, cognitive science, metaphysics. The discipline is looking to expand and develop its Philosophy, Politics and Law Programme and as such, seeks to appoint an academic member of staff who will excel in the areas of African, Political, Legal, or Moral Philosophy both in terms of teaching and learning and research including of postgraduate students at appropriate levels. Applicants are invited to apply for a permanent post at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level that will offer expertise in teaching and research in the above areas, and will also be expected to engage with the community and to perform administrative duties.

Please click on the link below for more details.

Applications close 6 February 2015.

FINAL CFP: Colloquium on ‘Contrasts and contests about philosophy’ at the PSSA Conference 2015

The colloquium on ‘contrasts and contests about philosophy’ will form part of the annual conference of Philosophical Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 January 2015. The colloquium will be run as a special parallel session throughout the conference. There is no additional registration fee for attending this colloquium. It forms part of the PSSA 2015 conference and will be held at the same venue. Find the tab for PSSA 2015 on the NMMU webpage ( Please check for updates.

Participants are invited to submit multi- and interdisciplinary contributions on questions in and about philosophy. Submissions should focus preferably but not exclusively on Africa. Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • What is the character and meaning of philosophies dominated by the Western epistemological paradigm in South Africa? (Notably, the label ‘non-Western’ is objectionable to the extent that it positions other philosophies as parodies of Western philosophy. The fact that this has been so historically, and continues in contemporary South Africa underscores the ethical and political objection to the use of ‘non-Western’.)
  • The concept of ‘dialogue’ is one of the controversial topics in the unfolding discussions in and about philosophy. Is dialogue possible between diverse philosophical traditions (e.g. Indian, African, Chinese and Western)?
  • Is there such a thing as ‘the Western epistemological paradigm’?
  • Is there an African philosophical paradigm?
  • Why and how do ‘deconstructive’ and ‘reconstructive’ challenges arise in African


  • The significance of hermeneutics in the philosophy of liberation with special focus on Africa.
  • What is the relationship between philosophy and the culture from which it emanates?
  • Intellectual decolonisation as a liberation issue in any of the following disciplines:

    philosophy, religion, theology, psychology, mathematics, medicine, science, economics,

    politics, environmental ethics, ethics and business ethics.

  • Is it important, within the larger society, that philosophy in South Africa or Africa shake off

    the Western paradigm? Why or why not?

  • A critique of “the underside” in intellectual decolonisation as an issue in liberation.

    Abstracts of no more than 200 words should reach the conference organisers by 31 October 2014. Please note that the number of presentation slots is limited and that early submission is advisable.

    Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 15 November 2014. If you require this information at an earlier date, please indicate this to the conference organisers.

    The conference organisers are Andrea Hurst and Karen Du Plessis, email:

    Papers presented at the colloquium may be submitted for publication in a special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy (SAJP). To be considered for inclusion, full papers must be prepared for anonymous review and submitted to the SAJP online at where they will be directed to the Guest Editor, Prof Mogobe Ramose. When you are asked to select a

section/category please select the option ‘special edition’. For more detail please consult the SAJP Call for papers, available on the NMMU Philosophy webpage (

Job: Post doc, Phil of Science, UJ

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work under the supervision of Prof Alex Broadbent. In particular, ideas for work on (1) prediction or (2) philosophy of epidemiology are welcome; but any area of speciality within the philosophy of science broadly construed (including the philosophy of medicine) will be considered. Please send a CV, cover letter, and writing sample to by 26 September 2014. PhD must be in hand. Start date February 2014. Informal inquiries welcome to the same email address.

CFP 1: Spring Colloquium 2014

Call For Papers

The annual Spring Colloquium will be hosted this year in Cape Town by the Philosophy Dept of the University of the Western Cape.  The Colloquium will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to:  The closing date for submissions is 30 June.

The Colloquium will be held here: Kolping Guesthouse is just 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport, and 5 minutes’ drive from the Durbanville wine route.

Attendees are asked to please make their own accommodation arrangements directly with Kolping Guesthouse.  Rates are R880 per person per night for a single room and R725 per person per night for a shared room.  This rate covers conference costs, accommodation, and meals.  When making your reservation, please be sure to specify that you are attending the Philosophy Spring Colloquium, so that you can take advantage of the special rates we have arranged.  Please be sure to make your reservation before 30 June.

Should you choose not to stay at Kolping Guesthouse, the conference fee will be R220 per day, which includes lunch and tea.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Simon Beck & Jess Lerm

CFP: 9th Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association of Southern Africa (PPA)


DATE:             19th & 20th July 2014

PLACE:           Innovation Centre, UKZN 

The annual conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association will this year be hosted by the University of Kwazulu Natal.  Postgraduate students in all areas of Philosophy are invited to submit abstracts.  Please distribute this CFP as widely as possible.


Format of Conference:

Sessions will be 45 minutes long – please allow roughly 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.

Chairs for each session will be appointed.



Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to

Abstracts should be submitted by 19 May 2014.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 6 June 2014.


Venue & Accommodation:

The conference will be held at the Innovation Centre, UKZN.

A list of accommodation venues is attached.  Please contact the conference organisers at should you have any questions.


Conference Fee:

There will be a conference fee of R250.

The conference dinner will be held on Saturday and will be at your own cost.

We are excited to host the conference and look forward to reading all the interesting abstracts.  Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Elmarie Venter, Greg Swer, Carin Robinson.

Conference organisers 2014

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 (