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Motsamai Molefe

Position Lecturer
Discipline Ethics
Phone 033 260 5578
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address NAB310

Degrees Held

  • PhD in Philosophy; Masters in Development studies; Honours in Philosophy; Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Research Interests

  • African philosophy, Moral philosophy, Applied ethics, Political philosophy/theory

Teaching Interests

  • African philosophy; Western Moral Philosophy (Normative ethics and Meta-ethics); Applied Ethics (Bioethics and environmental ethics); Political Theory (Dignity, Rights, Western and African Communitarianism).  

Publications / Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • M. Molefe (Forthcoming). Euthyphro Problem and African Ethics. Acta academica.
  • M. Molefe (forthcoming). Personhood and Rights in an African Tradition. Politikon.
  • M. Molefe (forthcoming). A Critique of Thad Metz’s African Theory of Moral Status. South African Journal of Philosophy.
  • M. Molefe (forthcoming). Critical Comments on Afro-communitarianism: Community versus the Individual. Filosofia Theoretica.
  • M. Molefe (2016). Revisiting the Debate Between Gyekye-Menkiti: Who is a Radical Communitarian. Theoria 63: 37 - 54.
  • M. Molefe (2016) African Ethics and Partiality. Phronimon 17: 104 - 122.
  • M. Molefe (2016). A Critique of Kwasi Wiredu’s Humanism and Impartiality. Acta Academica 48: 89 - 108
  • M. Molefe (2015). A Rejection of Humanism in the African Moral Tradition. Theoria 143: 59 - 77.

Chapters in Books

  • M. Molefe (2014). An African Religious Moral Theory and Abortion. In Man, Medicine and Values. Institute of Philosophy UWM: Olsztyn. Edited by E. Starzynska-Kosciuszko & A. Kucner.
  • M. Molefe (2013). Critical Reflections on Gyekye’s Humanism - Defending Supernaturalism. In Ontologized Ethics: A Critical Reader in African Meta-ethics. Lexington Books (a division of Rowman & Littlefield). Edited by J. Bewaji & E. Imafidon.

Student Supervision

  • Shelton Boucher, Honours Research Report (2016): Passed
  • Thozamile Mtyalela, Honours Research Report (2015): Passed

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