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University Philosophy Rankings by Academic Performance 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.

Welcome to the Home of Critical and Ethical Thinking!

We teach people 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

UJ Philosophers know how to teach

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

Forthcoming Events


  • Prof Lewis Gordon (Uni of Connecticut) is a visiting professor specialising in Africana Philosophy.
  • Prof Nancy Jecker (Uni Washington) is a visiting professor specialising in Bioethics and a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2021/22.