Why do Philosophy?

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Philosophy, meaning “love of wisdom” in Greek, encapsulates the dialogue and debate used in engaging various topics in order to derive accurate conclusions and interpretations of philosophical literature. Above and beyond the content that is taught in our multi-faceted and diverse department, the core of what we teach is critical thinking. Critical thinking forms the solid foundation with which students can successfully navigate all other subjects within the Humanities. What we pride ourselves in at the UJ Philosophy department is not teaching students what to think, but how to think. Students are thus encouraged and equipped to become agents of their own learning.

Some of the topics taught at the UJ Philosophy department include Philosophy of Medicine, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Feminist theory, African Philosophy, 19th and 20th Century Philosophy, Ethics, Animal and Environmental Ethics, Identity Politics, and Philosophy and AI to name a few.