Philosophy Department

PhilWelcome to a Department of Philosophy with a vibrant research and postgraduate community, as well as a welcoming undergraduate student association! We will challenge your thinking and teach you how to argue to defend your views, how to fulfill the age-old philosophical role of being the gatekeepers of society in true sage philosophical style, and how to enjoy pushing your cognitive limits. We will also always support you and have time to listen to you and guide you.

The Department of Philosophy at UP speaks to these issues in terms of its current expertise profile. As far as traditions go, there is strong expertise in both African philosophy and Western analytical philosophy. Thematically the department has expertise in the domains of the meaning of life and human dignity, personhood and personal identity, issues related to social justice, decoloniality, conversational thinking, and the nature and current role of scientific knowledge and technology in society. In terms of sub-disciplines, current expertise in both Western and African perspectives covers moral philosophy (ethics), political philosophy, contemporary metaphysics, the philosophy of science, the philosophy and ethics of AI, the philosophy of mind, and formal logic.

For any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Department.

Tel: 012 420 2326 | Humanities Building, 20th floor.


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Philosophy, Politics & Economics

The Department of Philosophy is the host department for the BSocSci: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program.


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