Prof Thad Metz hails from the United States, where he received his PhD from Cornell University in 1997. He first visited South Africa in 1999 and relocated there in 2004, first lecturing at Wits and later UJ. He joined the University of Pretoria in 2020.
Prof Metz has published 250+ scholarly books, chapters, and articles (abstracts are here). Many of them take an analytic approach to African morality, the meaning of life, the nature of mental health, the point of a university, the role of a legal system, and a range of other topics in value theory and moral-political philosophy.
Prof Metz's recent books are God, Soul and the Meaning of Life (Cambridge University Press 2019), Agwa Oma N’Echiche Ndi Afrikana Nkowa Nke (a collection of essays on African ethics translated into Igbo) (Timeless Publishers 2018), and Jurisprudence in an African Context (Oxford University Press 2017).
Recent recognition for Prof Metz's research includes him having been designated one of The World’s Top 50 Thinkers by Prospect Magazine (2020), been awarded an ‘A1’ rating from the South African National Research Foundation (2019), and won a Special Essay Competition Prize from the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism (2019).
Post-doctoral projects supervised lately have focused on African philosophical approaches to land reform, ubuntu as a bioethic, and traditional African religion applied to the ‘anti-theism’ debate. Recent doctorates supervised have addressed African values as they pertain to genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, the workplace, prison reform, and meaning in life.