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    Ethics and education as practices of freedom
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 1-10. forthcoming.
    On the one hand, according to Richard Rorty, Paulo Freire and others, education is the practice of freedom. On the other hand, according to Michael Foucault, Mary Midgley and others, ethics is the...
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    The Postcolonial Heart of South African Philosophy
    South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4): 285-295. 2008.
    This piece is one of among a handful that seek in the first instance to reveal the origin of African philosophy as an academic discipline, the source of its unity and distinctiveness. The discipline of African philosophy originates in tragedy, out of pain, confusion and rage stemming from colonial destruction; destruction that is responsible for what Fanon calls the ‘negro neurosis’ caused by what Biko would describe as the unbearable fusion of colonised and coloniser. I argue that the birth of …Read more
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    Rebellion and revolution
    Angelaki 24 (2): 116-129. 2019.
    In this piece I will focus on what I think is a central aspect of Albert Camus’s thinking, embodied in the distinction he makes in The Rebel between rebel and revolutionary. His is a philosophy of rebellion and he thinks that revolutions are a distorted expression of our need to rebel against that which we cannot accept. His views should serve as a counterpoint to those who think that an all-or-nothing approach to social change is desirable. And the issue here is not that embodied crudely in the…Read more
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    The Ethical Function of Research and Teaching
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (1): 100-111. 2014.
    It is the epistemic as well as the ethical responsibility of academics to aim to approach their research and teaching with a proper understanding of the ultimate ethical purpose or telos of their defining activities and products,which is the practical aim of promoting human flourishing. Minimally, academics should aim at understanding, and a key component of understanding is to understand the ideal ethical purpose of what is being researched and taught. For instance, sadistic Nazi medical resear…Read more
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    Pitfalls of Negritude: Solace-driven tertiary sector reform
    South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (4): 471-489. 2016.
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    Guest Editorial
    South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4): 285-295. 2008.
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    Virtue ethics for skin-bags : an ethics of love for vulnerable creatures
    In Stan van Hooft & Nafsika Athanassoulis (eds.), The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, Acumen Publishing. 2014.
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    What's Wrong with Walden Two?
    South African Journal of Philosophy 28 (1): 1-12. 2009.
    Despite being eminently forgettable from the literary point of view, B. F. Skinner’s novel, Walden Two , provides us with an excellent opportunity, not so much to show what is wrong with mainstream accounts of free will, as Robert Kane thinks, but rather to explore another key and importantly neglected condition for genuine agency; namely, that properly lived human lives are those that are and must continue to be vulnerable to unforseable reversals, as Aldous Huxley speculates in his Brave New W…Read more
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    The Postcolonial Heart of African Philosophy
    South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4): 285-295. 2008.
    This piece is one of among a handful that seek in the first instance to reveal the origin of African philosophy as an academic discipline, the source of its unity and distinctiveness. The discipline of African philosophy originates in tragedy, out of pain, confusion and rage stemming from colonial destruction; destruction that is responsible for what Fanon calls the ‘negro neurosis' caused by what Biko would describe as the unbearable fusion of colonised and coloniser. I argue that the birth of …Read more
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    Personhood and community
    South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (1): 54-68. 2004.
    Davidson develops an argument that establishes the most basic set-up for rationality. The minimal set-up is a triangle formed by two subjects and an object. Each of the two subjects occupies one of the three angles and the third angle is occupied by a subject matter – that about which the two subjects are in communication with one another. I extend Davidson's argument somewhat and show how an entire pluralistic community is required for individuals to develop most fully as rational creatures. I …Read more
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    The Ethical Function of Research and Teaching
    Educational Philosophy and Theory (1): 1-12. 2013.
  • Shadows of goodness
    In The Positive Function of Evil, Palgrave-macmillan. 2009.
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    The Positive Function of Evil (edited book)
    Palgrave-Macmillan. 2009.
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    Parallels between living and painting
    Journal of Value Inquiry 37 (1): 59-68. 2003.
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    Young, mark A., negotiating the good life: Aristotleand the civil society (review)
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (1): 105-107. 2007.
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    In this paper I criticize political realism in International Relations for not being realistic enough, for being unrealistically pessimistic and ultimately incoherent. For them the international arena will always be a place where a battle of wills, informed by the logic of power, is fought. I grant that it may be true that the international political domain is a place where such battles are fought, but this alleged infelicitous situation does not in and of itself entail the normative pessimism i…Read more
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    Tragic Joyfullness
    In Lisa Bortolotti (ed.), Philosophy and Happiness, Palgrave-macmillan. 2009.
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    Précis of "Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose" (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003)
    South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (4): 336-342. 2004.
    Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose (Happiness from now on) is, among other things, a book about the holistic interrelationship that exists between the concepts of happiness, rationality and ethics. The conception of happiness at issue is, in broad outline, Aristotle's, which is to say that it is about the meaning of life. He referred to this conception as eudaimonia. Perhaps the fundamental guiding question that has motivated me to write Happiness in the first place is ‘Why even bother ab…Read more
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    2. Explain the position Hume assigns the relation of identity among the seven philosophical relations, and explain his view that “resemblance is the cause of the confusion or mistake, and makes us substitute the notion of identity, instead of that of related objects.” Evaluate Hume’s position on these matters
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    In this paper I criticize political realism in International Relations for not being realistic enough, for being unrealistically pessimistic and ultimately incoherent. For them the international arena will always be a place where a battle of wills, informed by the logic of power, is fought. I grant that it may be true that the international political domain is a place where such battles are fought, but this alleged infelicitous situation does not in and of itself entail the normative pessimism i…Read more
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    This collection embodies a debate that explores what could be characterised as the tension between judging and understanding.
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    Replies to commentators
    South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (4): 411-422. 2004.
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