• Editorial
    Theoria 64 (153). 2017.
  • Towards an African Political Philosophy of Needs (edited book)
    Palgrave Macmillan. 2021.
    This book focuses on the domains of moral philosophy, political philosophy, and political theory within African philosophy. At the heart of the volume is a call to imagine African political philosophy as embodying a needs-based political vision. While discourses in African political philosophy have fixated on the normative framework of human rights law to articulate demands for social and global justice, this book charts a new frontier in African political thought by turning from ‘rights’ to ‘ne…Read more
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    Tenure rights recognition in South African land reform
    South African Journal of Philosophy 38 (4): 408-418. 2019.
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    Rights are commonly distinguished in African ethics from Western rights according to the distinct ideas of personhood which ground them. However, this sacrifices universality for cultural specificity. Against this approach, I argue that universal rights are better supported by consensual rights recognition. I show how normative justification of rights from consensual recognition is consistent with deliberative ideas of justice in African ethics. Africanist criticism, of individualist bias in Eur…Read more
  • Editorial: African philosophy and Rights
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 65. 2018.
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    Editorial
    Theoria 65 (157). 2018.
  • The Dialectical Tradition in South Africa
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 59 (130): 87-92. 2012.
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    Beyond Reasonable Doubt–A paradox of ideological immunity
    South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (2): 266-277. 2012.
    Ideology criticism, like scepticism, calls into question the objective or justified status of beliefs. However, where scepticism only refutes, and never puts forward, a substantive claim about anything, the ideology critic must maintain some criterion for distinguishing ideas which support relations of domination from those that do not, in virtue of her criticism of a particular set of ideas as “ideological”. The trouble for the ideology critic is that the sceptical methods she deploys undermine…Read more
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    Phenomenology as first philosophy
    South African Journal of Philosophy 33 (3): 321-329. 2014.
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    This thesis defends an ontological and epistemological account of Michel Foucault's post-structuralist philosophy, to argue that political philosophy needs to take into account the historical and political contingency of subjectivity and discourse. I show that by addressing the historical and political contingency of knowledge, Foucault's work overcomes the flaw of foundational epistemology in political philosophy, which treats true discourse as universal and disinterested. In doing so I hope to…Read more
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    Blackout: Freedom, without Power
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 59 (132): 60-78. 2012.
    This article attributes the conception of 'freedom-without-power' which dominates contemporary Western political philosophy to a reification of social agency that mystifies contexts of human capacities and achievements. It suggests that Plato's analogy between the structure of the soul and the polis shows how freedom is a consequence, rather than a condition, of political relations, mediated by inter-subjective contestation. From this basis, the article draws on the work of Raymond Geuss to argu…Read more
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    Liberty through Political Representation and Rights Recognition
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 64 (150). 2017.
  •  5
    Blackout: Freedom, without Power
    Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 59 60-78. 2012.
    This article attributes the conception of 'freedom-without-power' which dominates contemporary Western political philosophy to a reification of social agency that mystifies contexts of human capacities and achievements. It suggests that Plato's analogy between the structure of the soul and the polis shows how freedom is a consequence, rather than a condition, of political relations, mediated by inter-subjective contestation. From this basis, the article draws on the work of Raymond Geuss to argu…Read more
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    This thesis identifies and explains a fundamental philosophical problem of self-implication in Marxian ideology criticism that has led to its misuse and rejection in social theory and political philosophy. I argue that Friedrich Nietzsche’s development of genealogy as a method of social criticism complements ideology criticism in a way that overcomes this problem, by addressing it explicitly, rather than trying to avoid it. In making this argument, I hope to bridge a widely perceived gap between…Read more