About us

The UJ Department of Philosophy is a diverse and active department offering instruction from undergraduate to doctoral level and conducting pioneering research. We have particular strengths in African philosophy, political philosophy, environmental ethics, philosophy of science and medicine, phenomenology, and aesthetics. We teach a comprehensive programme designed to prepare our students for the next step of their professional lives, whether or not in academia.

What Is Philosophy?

Philosophy is an inquiry into questions that cannot be settled either by empirical evidence (as in the natural sciences) or by reasoning from accepted premises (as in mathematics). For example, in philosophy courses you can expect to debate issues such as whether God exists, what the difference is between right and wrong, and whether truth is relative. ​​​​​​​​

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