PictureChad Harris(ACEPS Director)

Chad is a senior lecturer in UJ's philosophy department. He has a PhD in Philosphy from the University of Johannesburg and a BA (Hons) and MA in Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand. His main research interest is in the  philosophy of social science, specifically problems related to external validity, extrapolation and causal inference. 

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 PictureVeli Mitova 

Veli is Professor and Head of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg. She co-founded the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science and is the South African team leader for The Geography of Philosophy Project. She obtained her PhD from Cambridge, and her BA, Hons, and MA from Rhodes University. Before joining UJ in 2015, she taught and researched at Universität Wien, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, and Rhodes University. She works at the intersection of epistemology and ethics. She is the author of Believable Evidence (CUP 2017), and the editor of The Factive Turn in Epistemology (CUP 2018) and Decolonising Knowledge (a Special Issue of Philosophical Papers, 2020). At the moment, she is working on epistemic decolonisation and epistemic injustice, under the auspices of a Newton Advanced Fellowship for the project Epistemic Injustice, Reasons, and Agency.

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                                       Alex Broadbent


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Alex is Professor of Philosophy and founding Director of the Institute for the Future of Knowledge at UJ.  He is the co-founder and former director of ACEPS. Alex is a philosopher of science with particular interests in philosophy of epidemiology, philosophy of medicine, and philosophy of law, connected by the philosophical themes of causation, explanation, and prediction. He is committed to finding philosophical problems in practical contexts, and to contributing something useful concerning them. He holds a P-rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa (2013-2018) and is a member of the South African Young Academy of Sciences. He has published a number of articles in top ranked international journals across three disciplines (philosophy, epidemiology, law). His first book, Philosophy of Epidemiology, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and has recently been translated into Korean. His second book, Philosophy for Graduate Students: Metaphysics and Epistemology, is published by Routledge in February 2016. His third book, Philosophy of Medicine, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

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 PictureZinhle Mncube

Zinhle is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of medicine, the philosophy of biology, and the philosophy of race. Her Honour's research was on the biological basis of race and her Master's dissertation was on heritability and genetic causation. Zinhle lectures undergraduate courses in metaphysics and epistemology. She is also an Iris Marion Young Scholar and a Cornelius Golightly fellow.

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PictureBen Smart

Ben is a senior lecturer in philosophy at The University of Johannesburg (UJ). Prior to joining UJ in 2015 he lectured at The University of Birmingham, having been awarded a PhD by Nottingham University in 2012.
Ben's research focuses on the metaphysics of laws and causation, and on the philosophy of medicine. He published a monograph entitled 'Concepts and Causes in the Philosophy of Disease' in 2016, and has published articles on the metaphysics of least action principles, the problem of induction, the nature of fundamental properties, the philosophy of sport, and on the philosophy of health and disease. Ben enjoys collaborating with academics in the medical sciences, to address what some might call 'real world problems' in public health.


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PictureUskali Mäki

Uskali is an Academy Professor at the University of Helsinki, directing TINT - Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Earlier, he was Professor of Philosophy at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, directing EIPE [Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics]. He is a former editor of the Journal of Economic Methodology (1995-2005), and former Chair of the International Network for Economic Method. He has held visiting positions at several universities and currently sits in the editorial boards of ten journals. His research is mainly on the philosophy of the social sciences and of economics in particular, but it occasionally covers other areas of science as well as general issues in the study of science, including its social aspects. Topics presently on his agenda include models, scientific realism, and aspects of interdisciplinarity (such as the predictive aspirations and achievements across disciplines; and issues in extra-academic involvement in transdisciplinary research).

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 PictureMongane Serote

Mongane is a veteran and stalwart of the African struggle; he is a writer and a Fullbright scholar who is also an African intellectual if being an intellectual means permanently incubating and innovating ideas to contribute to quality of life and a liveable world for all forms of life.

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 PictureLikhwa Ncube

Likhwa is a PhD candidate in the philosophy department at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). He holds an MA (Distinction) in Philosophy from UJ and a Bscosci in Philosophy and Journalism from Monash Univesity. Likhwa’s main research interest is in the philosophy of science and social science. His research focuses on the problems related to external validity, extrapolation and causal mechanisms. Likhwa also works as a researcher for the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE), and as a Program Officer for ‘Understanding evidence-informed decision making (EIDM)’ workstream under the Africa Evidence Network (AEN).   

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Josien Reijer

Josien is a social scientist who joined ACEPS in 2019 as postdoctoral research fellow for the international Geography of Philosophy Project. She obtained her Ph.D. (Sociology) in 2019 at the University of Johannesburg.


Nomaswazi Kubeka

Nomaswazi is doing her MA on Indigenous Languages in Philosophy, as part of the Geography of Philosophy Project.