South African Journal of Philosophy

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, 2013

Am I My Brother's Keeper? on Personal Identity and Responsibility
AbstractThe psychological continuity theory of personal identity has recently been accused of not meeting what is claimed to be a fundamental requirement on theories of identity - to explain personal moral responsibility. Although they often have much...
Defining Philosophical Counselling: An Overview
AbstractThe practice of 'Philosophical Counselling' (henceforth 'PC') is growing. But what exactly is PC? The variety of attempts to define PC can be summarised in terms of three overlapping sets of opposites: practical versus theoretical definitions;...
Is the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act Guilty of Disability Discrimination?
AbstractSouth Africa's Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996 implicitly expresses the attitude that the prenatal detection of foetal abnormality justifies selective abortion, even at a stage when abortion is in general morally prohibited. It...
Mental States, Processes, and Conscious Intent in Libet's Experiments1
Abstract:The meaning and significance of Benjamin Libet's studies on the timing of conscious will have been widely discussed, especially by those wishing to draw sceptical conclusions about conscious agency and free will. However, certain important correctives...
Political Obligation, Dirty Hands and Torture; A Moral Evaluation
AbstractThe example of a political leader who has to decide whether he would allow the torture of a suspect in order to get information about a ticking bomb has become notorious in ethical discussions concerning the tension between moral principles and...
Restorative Justice and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Process1
AbstractIt has frequently been argued that the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was committed to restorative justice (RJ), and that RJ has deep historical roots in African indigenous cultures by virtue of its congruence both with...
The Injustice of Discrimination1
Abstract:Discrimination might be considered unjust on account of the comparative disadvantage it imposes, the absolute advantage it imposes, the disrespect it shows, or the prejudice it shows. This article argues that each of these accounts overlooks...
Understanding the Linguistic Turn and the Quest for Meaning: Historical Perspectives and Systematic Considerations
AbstractAlthough the linguistic turn is usually described in historical terms this article aims at combing the significant historical transitions with systematic philosophical considerations. Against the background of earlier rationalistic and empiricist...
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