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Ms. Z. Mncube

Ms. Z. Mncube
Department of Philosophy Permanent Staff

Contact Details
B Ring 708A
+27 (0) 11 559 4942

Specialisation area
Philosophy of race, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, Feminism (especially as related to the sciences, and to philosophy of language).

Zinhle Mncube is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She is a founding member of UJ’s African Centre of Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS) and is a part of ACEPS’s ‘Medicine and Health in Africa’ umbrella project. Zinhle is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. 

Her research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of medicine, the philosophy of biology, and the philosophy of race. Zinhle has published papers on the biological basis of race and a causal construal of heritability estimatesZinhle lectures undergraduate courses in metaphysics and epistemology. She is also an Iris Marion Young Scholar, a Cornelius Golightly Fellow, and a winner of the 2017 British Society for the Philosophy of Science Doctoral Scholarship. 



Mncube, Z. (2017). How to Causally Construe Heritability Estimates. Measurement in Medicine: Philosophical Essays on Assessment and Evaluation, edited by Leah McClimans. Rowman and Littlefield.

Mncube, Z. (2015). Are Human Races Cladistic Subspecies? South African Journal of Philosophy, 34(2): 163–174.


Selected talks

2017: 'The Prospects of Personalised Medicine in South Africa'. Presentation at the University of Fort Hare Colloquium. South Africa.

2017: 'Personalised Medicine: 3 Challenges'. Presentation at the University of Johannesburg Philosophy Colloquium. South Africa.

2016: 'History and Philosophy of Science'. 'Causal Inference: Critical Debates in the Population Health Sciences & Interdisciplinary Perspectives'. Radcliffe Institute workshop, Harvard University. United States of America.

2016: 'Heritability Revisited'. Philosophy of Medicine Symposium. Philosophy of Science Association 2016 conference. United States of America.


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