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Philosophy Home of Critical Thinking

University Philosophy Rankings by Academic Performance June 2020

UJ Philosophy: #132 worldwide, #2 in Africa, #2 in the Global South, #1 UJ department!
Stellenbosch #130, Johannesburg #132, Cape Town #134, KwaZulu-Natal #184
The only 4 philosophy departments to rank in Africa.


UJ Philosophers know how to teach

Prof Catherine Botha: UJ Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Excellence in Teaching 2020
Ms Dimpho Maponya: UJ Faculty of Humanities Award for Most Promising Lecturer of 2020


PHILOSOPHY - Home of Critical and Ethical Thinking!

We teach people how to think
  • in a world of info-overload and robot panic
  • in ways relevant to our African context
  • drawing on our diverse identity
  • in three major philosophical traditions - African, Continental, and Analytic

Why Do Philosophy?