Alex Broadbent (ACEPS co-director)

Alex is Professor of Philosophy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at UJ. Previously he held various research, teaching and visiting positions at Cambridge, Vienna, Athens and Harvard, before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2011. 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. He is currently working on his third book, Philosophy of Medicine, under contract with Oxford University Press.

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Chad Harris

Chad is a lecturer and doctoral candidate in the department of philosophy at UJ. His research revolves around developing a philosophical account of the problem of external validity failures of economic experiments. His broader interest is in the problem of induction and Philosophy of Science.

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Uskali 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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Veli Mitova (ACEPS co-director)

Veli is Associate Professor of Philosophy at UJ. She obtained her PhD from Cambridge in 2007. Before joining the UJ philosophy department in 2015, she taught and researched at Rhodes University, UNAM (Mexico), and Vienna University. She works at the intersection of epistemology, metaethics, and philosophy of action. She has just finished a book on the nature of evidence (Believable Evidence, Cambridge University Press) and is now moving to the greener pastures of the epistemology of ignorance and epistemic injustice.

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Zinhle Mncube

Zinhle is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg. 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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Mongane 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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Likhwa Ncube

Likhwa is completing his MA in Philosophy, with a dissertation entitled ‘Hegel’s critical response to scepticism in the Phenomenology of Spirit’. He is a research assistant to Professor Alex Broadbent (Executive Dean Humanities). Likhwa also works as a researcher for a non-profit organisation called iARi, an organisation involved in a project investigating the African family as an African Primary Institution (API). Likhwa has research interests in Philosophy of Medicine and in particular public health and the intersection of Western and African ways of diagnosing and treatment of diseases. Likhwa aspires to one day work for the United Nations, World Health Organisation (WHO).