John Lamola

John Lamola

Research Fellow
B.Th (UNISA), Ph.D. (Edinburgh), MBA (Embry-Ridddle)
 
Academic Background
John Lamola is a Research Fellow at the University Fort Hare following his tenure as Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the same university in 2013. Dr Lamola is a public intellectual and director of companies with a publishing track-record in Liberation Theology, politics, investment management and philosophy.  In addition to his academic work, he serves as a consultant to South Africa’s state aviation entities. In 2000 he obtained an MBA degree in Aviation and Aerospace Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Fl., USA) with a research dissertation “Assessment of the Future Value of  the Boeing 727: An Exercise in Aircraft Portfolio Appraisal”. 
 
This business qualification followed a Ph.D at University of Edinburgh in 1991 under the supervision of Prof Alistair Kee with a thesis employing Louis Althusser’s interpretation of  Marx as the theoretical  basis for exposing the  epistemological limitations of revolutionary theologies. 
 
His undergraduate theological studies at Unisa, undertaken in the 1980s whilst working for the South African Council of Churches, were dominated with his interest in Social Ethics, Economic justice and Philosophy.
 
During 2014 Dr Lamola was appointed contract lecturer at the University of Pretoria where presents a Lecture Series on African philosophy with a theme of the response of African social thought to post-Enlightenment political and philosophical milieu.
 
Areas of Specialisation in teaching and research
Lamola’s research speciality is on the application of Marxist epistemology to contemporary intellectual and political realities of Africa. His focus is African social philosophy, and Political Philosophy in general. This includes Heritage Studies and a philosophical review of post-colonial theories on history. He also teaches Ancient Greek Philosophy, African Philosophy, and Philosophical Anthropology.
 
Selected Publications
 
MONOGRAPH
The International Monetary System and Poverty in Africa: A Challenge for Christian Mission, 1993, EFSA Institute of Theological & Inter-disciplinary Research, Cape Town. ISBN 1874917051.
 
CHAPTER IN BOOK
“Debate on Violence: A philosophical assessment of the debate on political violence in South Africa” in, Buti Tlhagale, Itumeleng Mosala (Eds) 1986. Hammering Swords into Ploughshares: Essays in Honour of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Michigan: Grand Rapids, pp. 56-67.
 
PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS
 “Marxism as a Science of Interpretation: Beyond Althusser”, Journal of Philosophy in South Africa, 2013, 32 (2): 187-196
“The Church and the Struggle for Economic Justice: A Prolegomena”, in Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, No. 87, June 1994.  pp.43-48
“Change is Pain: A Projective Reflection on the Church in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, in International Review of  World Mission,  Vol. 40., No. 717, August 1994, pp 89-103.
“The Thought of Steve Biko as the Philosophical base of South African Black Theology”, Journal of Black Theology in South Africa, Vol. 3 No.2, May 1989, pp. 1-14
 
NON PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
“Mbeki Redefines Rennaisance”, The Thinker, Vol, 53, October 2013, p.56-58
“Repositioning State-Owned Enterprises: An Anecdote from History”, in The Thinker, Vol. 26, April 2011, pp. 42-45.