Introducing Benda Hofmeyr

Benda Hofmeyr is a philosopher currently affiliated to the Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She lived and worked in the Netherlands while completing her doctoral studies and postdoctoral research. She still maintains strong collaborative ties with the Radboud University Nijmegen where she obtained her doctoral degree in Philosophy on the work of Foucault and Levinas. Her research interests fall within the broad ambit of contemorary Continental philosophy (especially thinkers following in the wake of Heidegger with emphasis  on post-structuralism and phenomenology) with an enduring facination for the inextricable entanglement of the ethical and the political.

In her present research, she is reflecting on the entanglement of European and non-Western, especially post-colonial African philosophy and the possibility of a dialogue across these divergent yet fundamentally intertwined traditions of thought.

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John Doyle is awarded his PhD in Philosophy


On 6 September 2017, John Doyle (MD) was awarded his PhD in Philosophy prepared under Benda's supervision, with Prof Alex Antonites serving as co-supervisor.

In his thesis, What does it mean to be human? Humanness, personhood and the Transhumanist Movement, John addresses various aspects of the question, “What does it mean to be human?”. He approaches the issue from biological, philosophical and ethical perspectives. The emphasis falls on the philosophical and ethical implications of the transhumanist movement.

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Something Rank About Rankings - Mail & Gaurdian


Mail & Gaurdian 1 to 7 September 2017


Ulrike Kistner, Leonhard Praeg & Benda Hofmeyr

The only useful thing about university rankings is that they illuminate something essential about the contradictions that accompany the process of globalising neoliberal governance.

Universities have been enmeshed in this process ever since they started thinking of themselves as institutions struggling to retain fidelity to time and place. Read more...


At the Moment


Honours Module in Philosophy FIL 712 PART II 2017

 Genealogy, History, Origin: Uses & Disadvantages for Life


Nietzsche and later Foucault introduced genealogy as a certain critical methodology opposed to an understanding of history in terms of progress, development or teleology. It also contests history conceived as that which is capable of uncovering the origin of something as if its truth is to be found at its birth (a genetic fallacy is committed when one appeals to the origins of an idea in order to make a claim about the truth of the idea). What happens to history and its idols – ‘origin’ and ‘telos’ when subjected to the genealogist’s hammer?


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