Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is one of eight academic departments in the School of Humanities. Together with the School of Social Sciences and Centre for Theology, the School of Humanities is one of three core umbrella units of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.
Philosophy programmes are offered at both the Alice and East London campuses. We also offer a compulsory service course on Logic and Ethics for Law Students, as well as for the Law Foundation programme.


Call for papers for the annual Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium, to take place on Saturday, the 9th of November 2019, at Crawfords Beach Lodge in Chintsa, South Africa (

The theme of this year’s symposium is TIME.
The annual Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium is a one-day event cooperatively hosted by the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, and the Departments of Philosophy at Fort Hare, Nelson Mandela University and Rhodes University. It is a symposium in the sense of a convivial discussion in a relaxed setting (usually in Chintsa at the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape), confined to a round table of around 18 participants, encouraging the introduction of and intense dialogue on fresh ideas on particular topics.
Sessions of 30 minutes include short papers of 15 minutes, with 5 minute responses to these papers, and 10 minutes for general discussion.
If you want to present a paper, send a title and brief abstract of around 150-200 words by 20 September 2019. Alternatively, you can also respond to any paper by the same time. Email address: or The speakers should be able to make their presentations available to the respondents by 25 October 2019.
The conference fee for the day is R425 (including refreshments and lunch).
You will be responsible for your own transportation and accommodation unless arranged differently. Below are some websites that you can consult for accommodation.