Philosophy Postgraduate Students

Philosophy Postgraduate Students 2021

1 past,3 new and 2 future UJ masters graduates
Top (L-R) Monalisa Dladla, Dimpho Takane and Emmanouel Maninakis
Bottom: Prof CF Botha
Three of our recent Master’s graduates
at their ceremony on 28 October 2019
Student Name Supervisors Title Honours
Dyantji, ZU Ms Zinhle Mncube Addressing discrimination on the basis of race
Kum, Donatus Tegha Prof Ben Smart Epistemic Trust in Vaccines
Ledwaba, Malesela Wilfred Prof Ben Smart Scepticism around global pandemics and the causes of the aforesaid: A case of the Covid-19 pandemic
Makhubela, Nosipho Prof Rafael Winkler Dreams and the unconscious in Freud. The research explores the extent to which the study of dreams provides Freud with an insight into the working and structure of the unconscious.
Maqutu, L Prof Ben Smart Vaccine Hesitancy as a Socio-Political Issue
Marais, Klarise Prof Veli Mitova A Defence of Humean Constructivism
Mojela, T Dr Asheel Singh Anti-natalism and the good life
Morudi, M Dr Asheel Singh What is the appropriate punishment for psychopathic murderers?
Motlhatlhedi, Boitumelo Ms Devon Bailey & Prof Catherine Botha African Art and the Construction of Ethnic Identities in South Africa
Ngwane, Sfundo Prof Rafael Winkler Heidegger and Gadamer on hermeneutics. The research explores some of the fundamental concepts of hermeneutics and its transformation in the shift from Heidegger to Gadamer.
Ntsane, MP Ms Zinhle Mncube Whether lockdowns satisfy the precautionary principle
Punitharajakurukkal, A Prof Rafael Winkler Does empathy lie at the basis of human interaction between human beings? What are the limits of empathy?
Saul, PT Prof Ben Smart & Dr Chad Harris An analysis of the potential impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Mental Health in South Africa
Siobo, Khethani Prof Veli Mitova Emotion and rationality
Ukpaka, PU Prof Hennie Lotter Reinvention! The Answer or the Question [On post-truth]
Zwane, Gamelihle Ms Dimpho Maponya & Prof Catherine Botha The age of Robotic Ubuntu: The intersectionality of Artificial Intelligence and African Philosophy
Zwane, Lebohang E. Prof Veli Mitova What are the central epistemic virtues that should characterize an ideal African Statesperson in the 21st century?
Student Name Supervisors Title MA (Coursework, Y1)
Banda, T Prof Ben Smart & Dr Chad Harris Can the traditional African belief in Ancestors be justified?
Chibvongodze, B Dr Chad Harris What are the possibilities of having a peaceful co-existence between a successful Decolonisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the African continent?
De Rijk, S Dr Asheel Singh Human Values: An Obstacle to the Transhumanist Project?
Goeieman, EN Ms Devon Bailey & Prof Catherine Botha The Significance of the Ancestors in African Relational Ontology: A Hermeneutical Analysis of Four Major Theorists
Mabapa, T Dr Chad Harris Vaccine Hesitancy in Africa
Molokeloa, T Prof Catherine Botha Assessing the Role of the Ancestors in an African Intergenerational Environmental Ethics
Rapule, K Prof Veli Mitova Epistemic injustice and language
Terem, E Prof Catherine Botha Analysing Technological Colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa: Making a Case for a Communitarian Approach to 4IR
Vorster, E Prof Ben Smart Whether machines can reason counterfactually
Student Name Supervisors Title MA (Coursework, Y2)
Dladla, Bhekinkosi Prof Veli Mitova The Structural Marginalization of African Philosophers in Academia
Kubeka, Nomaswazi Prof Veli Mitova & Ms Dimpho Maponya African Indigenous Languages and Epistemic Oppression in African Philosophy
Lebakeng, Gontse J Prof Alex Broadbent & Dr Asheel Singh 4IR: a bridge or an even bigger gap?
Mackett, Damon Prof Veli Mitova Epistemic Injustice in Data Mining: Contracts 4.0
Malele, Ntsumi Prof Hennie Lotter ‘Black Tax’: Option or Obligation for Young Professionals
Mlungwana, Yolanda Dr Asheel Singh A Self-realization Theory of Meaning in Life
Mlungwana, Yoliswa Prof Rafael Winkler The Origin of Violence
Sekumana, Mulalo Dr Chad Harris & Ms Dimpho Maponya Frantz Fanon and Structural Violence: Understanding Gender Based Violence in Post Colonial Societies
Student Name Supervisors Title MA Research
Azeez, Abiola Joseph Prof Rafael Winkler & Prof Catherine Botha Phenomenology and Naturalism
Edout, MR Prof Ben Smart An Assessment of the Medical and Pathogenic Implications of Animal Commercialization, and the Holistic Way Forward
Frenkel, J Prof Ben Smart & Prof Catherine Botha Philosophy of Mind
Harding, T Dr Chad Harris Paradoxes at the Limits of Expression
Nkomotje, Ernest Kabelo Dr Chad Harris Metaphysics of Causation
Setlaelo, Sarah  Prof Catherine Botha Conceptions of Freedom in Contemporary South African Feminisms
Student Name Supervisors Title PhD
Akpan, Andrew Prof Veli Mitova Decolonising Algorithms
Ani, Amara Esther Dr Asheel Singh & Dr Chad Harris Contending with Choice in A Transhumanist Future: Is The Normative Conception of Personhood under Threat?
Bailey, Devon Prof Catherine Botha The Black African Female Dancer: An Investigation of the Somaesthetic and Sarkaesthetic Dimensions of Identity Formation and Representation.
Dladla, Monalisa Prof Catherine Botha Provisional Title: On Technological Essence and Eudaimonia: Finding the Best Way to Live with Technology through Heidegger and Aristotle
du Plessis, Jessica (nee Van Jaarsveld) Prof Hennie Lotter The Role of the Environment in Human Flourishing
Dufek, D Prof Rafael Winkler TBA
Geyer, Wesley Prof Ben Smart An analysis and redefinition of health concepts: Theories of health as defined though a process of evolution
Henley, M Prof Hennie Lotter Elephants and Ethics
Kachembere, Taurai Prof Hennie Lotter Ubuntu/Hunhu and Justice as Fairness: Towards a Just Society in Zimbabwe.
Madavo, Garikai Prof Hennie Lotter Do we have a moral responsibility to trust ex-prisoners?
Maponya, Dimpho Prof Veli Mitova & Dr Chad Harris Decolonisation, African Feminism and the Contradiction of African Praxes: Pragmatism as a Mediating Force
Masuleke, Reneilwe Prof Rafael Winkler & Prof Catherine Botha TBA
Mbozi, Austin Moonga Prof Hennie Lotter & Prof Thad Metz Constructing an African Theory of Global Justice
Ncube, Likhwa Prof Alex Broadbent & Dr Chad Harris Evidence based policy in the fourth industrial revolution
Rybko, Caitlin Prof Veli Mitova Towards an Epistemology of Google’s Knowledge Graphs
Shabangu, Tony Prof Thad Metz The Implications of Ubuntu for Prison Reform; A close look at relationships and harmony in and out of prison
Terrblanche-Botha, Aida Prof Thad Metz Relations between Time Orientation and Social Self-construal: A South African Perspective
Thrupp, Craig Prof Ben Smart & Dr Asheel Singh Toward a Definition of the 'Spirit of the Game': A Philosophical Revaluation of Sport in Light of 4IR
Tobi, A Prof Veli Mitova Knowledge in an Online World
van der Merwe, Ragnar Prof Ben Smart Towards a unified account of Big History, complexity and truth
Weiffenbach, M Prof Hennie Lotter Disentangling the Problem of Animal and Environmental Justice: Land, Poverty, and Denial

Our postgrads are getting published!!!

2019, 2020, 2021 and Forthcoming

Azeez, Abiola & Adeate, Tosin. 2020. Second-wave AI and Afro-Existential Norms. Filosofia Theoretica.
Maponya, Dimpho Takane. 2021. The African woman’s plight of reproduction: A philosophical analysis of marriage, procreation and womanhood. Taylor & Francis Mlungwana, Yolanda. Forthcoming. An African Approach to the Meaning of Life. South African Journal of Philosophy.
Mlungwana, Yoliswa. Forthcoming. An African Response to Absurdism. South African Journal of Philosophy.
Ncube, Likhwa. Forthcoming. What is the Nature of Medicine? An Attempt to Decolonise the Language of Medicine. HSRC Press.
Segun, Samuel. 2021 From Machine Ethics to Computational Ethics. AI & Society Journal. 36 (1):263-276
Swanepoel, Danielle M. 2020. The possibility of deliberate norm‑adherence in AI. Ethics and Information Technology.
Tobi, Abraham T. 2020 Towards A Plausible Account of Epistemic Decolonisation, Philosophical Papers, 49:2, 253-278, DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2020.1779602
Van Jaarsveldt, Jessica. 2020. Nussbaum’s capability approach and African environmental ethics: is the African voice heard? Oxford Development Studies.
Bailey, Devon. 2020. Self-knowledge through Dance: Considering the Female Break Dancer in South Africa. In African Somaesthetics: Cultures, Feminisms, Politics (Ed.) C. Botha (Brill)
Anderson, Jane. 2019. Damasio’s body-map-based view, Panksepp’s affect-centric view, and the evolutionary advantages of consciousness. South African Journal of Philosophy, 38 (4): 419– 432.
Terblanché-Greeff, Aïda C. 2019. Ubuntu and Environmental Ethics: the West can Learn from Africa when Faced with Climate Change. In African Environmental Ethics: A Critical Reader, ed. Chemhuru, M. Switzerland: Springer.

Our postgrads are getting prizes!!!


Philosophy Honours student Shené de Rijk received the Faculty Prize, an award presented annually to one student in the Faculty of Humanities, as the top achiever at their graduation ceremony.
Philosophy Doctoral student Jessica van Jaarsveld was the 1st Runner-Up at the UJ 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition which requires condensing three-plus years of research into a speech of 180 seconds!
Philosophy Doctoral student and assistant lecturer Dimpho Maponya wins Humanities Most Promising Teacher award