Research Articles (Philosophy)

 

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  • "When everything starts to flow" : Nkrumah and Irigaray in search of emancipatory ontologies 

    Du Toit, Louise (South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, 2015)
    A more explicit, comprehensive and sustained dialogue between the African philosophical and western feminist traditions would yield insights at once rich and useful to both traditions, and beyond. Here, I place the work ...

  • Public health and social justice : forging the links 

    Horn, L. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2015-11)
    The purpose of this article is to explore the concept and scope of public health and to argue that particularly in low income contexts, where social injustice and poverty often impact significantly on the overall health ...

  • Moral challenges in managed care 

    Hattingh, Leandri (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2015-11-26)
    Managed healthcare in South Africa is faced with complex moral challenges, where different stakeholders appeal to different ethics principles to guide decision-making. The traditional bio-medical ethics principles of ...

  • Public health, beneficence and cosmopolitan justice 

    Horn, L. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2015-11-26)
    This article proposes that, in line with moral-cosmopolitan theorists, affluent nations have an obligation, founded in justice and not merely altruism or beneficence, to share the responsibility of the burden of public ...

  • A note on name individuation and identifying descriptions 

    Smit, J. P. (Stellenbosch University, Department of Linguistics, 2014)
    In ‘Public Proper names and Idiolectical Identifying Descriptions’ (2009) Glezakos puts forward a theory concerning the role of identifying descriptions in the theory of names. Her main claim is that such identifying ...

  • Moral perspectives on covert research 

    Van Niekerk, A. A. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2014-11-04)
    The term ‘covert research’ refers to research on human subjects for which informed consent is not, and allegedly cannot, be solicited – not because of wilful negligence or the deliberate transgression of research ethics ...

  • Why the world is still unequal : on the apparatuses of justification and interpassivity 

    Engelbrecht, Schalk Willem Petrus (SUNMeDIA, 2014-11)
    Inequality offends our moral sensibilities, yet there is no urgency to address it. This article explains the lack of an adequate response to inequality by outlining two apparatuses conspiring to perpetuate inequality – ...

  • From inequality to equality : evaluating normative justifications for affirmative action as racial redress 

    Hall, Susan; Woermann, Minka (SUNMeDIA, 2014-11)
    We investigate whether, and to what extent, Nozick’s entitlement theory and Rawls’s theory of justice as fairness can normatively ground affirmative action policies. Our findings are that, whereas the Nozickean project ...

  • How not to be a metaethical naturalist - Jesse Prinz on the emotional construction of morals 

    De Villiers-Botha, Tanya (Taylor & Francis, 2014-07)
    Jesse Prinz develops a naturalistic metaethical theory with which he purports to sidestep ‘Hume's law’ by demonstrating how, on his theory, in describing what our moral beliefs commit us to we can determine what our moral ...

  • Phronesis and an ethics of responsibility 

    Van Niekerk, Anton Albert; Nortje, Nico (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2013-06-24)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This article concerns the development of a framework for the formation of an adequate approach to moral reasoning in bioethics. Bioethics has largely been dominated by the influence of two approaches to ...

  • They are all lies. Even Mother Theresa did it for herself 

    Hattingh, Johan; Woermann, Minka (Medknow Publications, 2008-11)
    In this paper we explore the question of what are we trying to achieve in teaching business ethics at undergraduate university level. The dominant normative model of business ethics suggests that the aim of business ethics ...

  • Speaking of sustainable development and values... a response to Alistair Chadwick’s viewpoint responding to destructive interpersonal interactions : a way forward for school-based environmental educators 

    Hattingh, Johan (Rhodes University : Environmental Education Department, 2004-12)
    It may be considered unfair to respond to a paper from the point of view of another discipline, especially if central issues or assumptions in that article are discussed critically. In this paper, comments are made ...

  • Moral perspectives on stimulant use in healthy students 

    Verster, G. C.; Van Niekerk, A. A. (HMPG, 2012-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The quest for enhancement has been part of human culture for thousands of years. Progress in scientific developments and especially in medical science has enabled previously unimaginable advances to be ...

  • Biomediese verbetering : maakbaarheid of onttowering? 

    Van Niekerk, Anton A. (Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, 2012-12)
    This essay examines some of the most important ethical questions surrounding biomedical enhancement in the light of the question whether such enhancement does not specifically add to the disenchantment problematic in ...

  • Politico-philosophical perspectives on reconciliation 

    Van Niekerk, Anton A. (Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust, 2010)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The article is an analysis of the philosophical meaning and political prospects of the idea of reconciliation between all South Africans. The author is sceptical about this prospect. While he regards ...

  • Some lessons from Kripke’s a puzzle about belief 

    Smit, J. P. (Stellenbosch University, Department of General Linguistics, 2011)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The literature on Kripke’s A Puzzle About Belief has delivered convincing answers to the problem raised by Kripke. This is so both for referentialists and descriptivists. In this article I consider what ...

  • Ecological sustainability in a developing country such as South Africa? A philosophical and ethical inquiry. 

    Hattingh, Johan P.; Attfield, Robin (Frank Cass PublishersRoutledge, 2002)
    Although South Africa has adopted the notion of ecologically sustainable development not only as a human right entrenched in its Constitution, but also as one of its major policy objectives, there are major practical, ...

  • Biomedical ethics in South Africa : current challenges and institutional responses 

    Hattingh, Johan P. (Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, Eberhard-Karls-University of TubingenZentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (Tübingen); European Network for Biomedical Ethics, 2000)
    The academic field of biomedical ethics in south Africa is fairly young and is currently going through a phase of properly establishing itself institutionally. At the same time it is confronted with the mulliple challenges ...

  • Finding creativity in the diversity of environmental ethics 

    Hattingh, Johan P. (Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa, 1999)
    The contribution is a comprehensive if abbreviated review of different philosophical perspectives on human-environment relationships. Extensively referenced, it outlines historical trends and current debates in the field ...

  • Sustainable development, sustainable livelihoods and land reform in South Africa : a conceptual and ethical inquiry 

    Attfield, Robin; Hattingh, Johan P.; Matshabaphala, Manamela (Carfax PublishingRoutledge, 2004)
    In this article various necessary conceptual linkages as well as contingent discontinuities between the concepts of land reform, sustainable livelihoods and sustainable development are studied. Exploring the complex ...

  • Towards defending a semantic theory of expression in art : revisiting Goodman 

    Van der Berg, Servaas (The Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, 2012-09)
    Nelson Goodman’s attempt to analyse the expressiveness of artworks in semantic terms has been widely criticised. In this paper I try to show how the use of an adapted version of his concept of exemplification, as proposed ...

  • An opinion survey of ethical concerns in environmental decision-making in Cape Town and Surrounds: the base line of 2002 

    Seeliger, Leanne; Hattingh, Johan P. (Stellenbosch University, 2004-10)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The main objectives of this study were to determine the levels of confidence in the process of environmental decision-making in Cape Town and surrounds; to determine the possible causes of these concerns; ...

  • Die einde van etiek in 'n wêreld van on-volhoubare ontwikkeling? 

    Hattingh, Johan P. (2003-10)
    Vir ons doeleindes wil ek onvolhoubare ontwikkeling definieer as ontwikkeling waarin die behoeftes van die hede op so 'n manier bevredig word dat dit die vermoë ondermyn van toekomstige geslagte om hulle behoeftes te ...

  • Conceptualizing ecological sustainability and ecologically sustainable development in ethical terms : issues and challenges 

    Hattingh, Johan P. (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2001-03)
    The twin concepts of ecological sustainability and ecologically sustainable development have been in circulation in international circles for about three decades. In South Africa these concepts have become cornerstones ...

  • Peculiarities in mind ; or, on the absence of Darwin 

    De Villiers-Botha, Tanya (Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, 2011)
    A key failing in contemporary philosophy of mind is the lack of attention paid to evolutionary theory in its research projects. Notably, where evolution is incorporated into the study of mind, the work being done is often ...

  • Why Peirce matters : the symbol in Deacon’s symbolic species 

    De Villiers, Tanya (Elsevier Ltd, 2007)
    In ‘‘Why brains matter: an integrational perspective on The Symbolic Species’’ Cowley (2002) [Language Sciences 24, 73–95] suggests that Deacon pictures brains as being able to process words qua tokens, which he identifies ...

  • Narrating the self : Freud, Dennett and complexity theory 

    De Villiers, Tanya; Cilliers, Paul (South African Journal of Philosophy, 2004)
    Adopting a materialist approach to the mind has far reaching implications for many presuppositions regarding the properties of the brain, including those that have traditionally been consigned to “the mental” aspect of ...

  • The formation of the self : Nietzsche and complexity 

    Cilliers, Paul, 1956-; Roodt, Vasti; De Villiers, Tanya (Philosophical Society of South Africa., 2002)
    The purpose of this article is to examine the relationship between the formation of the self and the worldly horizon within which this self achieves its meaning. Our inquiry takes place from two perspectives: the first ...

  • The Complex I 

    Cilliers, Paul, 1956-; De Villiers, Tanya (Lawrence and Wishart Ltd, 2000-12)
    No abstract available

  • Deliberating about race as a variable in biomedical research 

    Van Niekerk, Anton A. (Health & Medical Publishing Group, 2011-04-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Race as a variable in research ethics is investigated: to what extent is it morally appropriate to regard the race of research subjects as pivotal for research outcomes? The challenges it poses to ...

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