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‘Feline Philosophy’: A cat’s-eye view on life’s meaning

In his latest book, philosopher John Gray examines how cats live according to their nature — and how us humans could benefit from emulating their (c)attitude

Black futures in the age of apocalypse

Curating the End of the World deploys Afrofuturism to respond to Covid-19, anti-black violence and capitalism

‘There are Mechanisms in Place’: Collaboration births sacred text

‘There are Mechanisms in Place’, comprising text, poetry and visual analysis of Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s practice, reveals how working together is a powerful philosophy

Eusebius McKaiser: A way to find meaning in a strange world

How we live has changed – we cannot avoid the threat of death brought by the coronavirus

Identity by race does matter

Celebrating the first ‘black’ or ‘African’ woman to get a doctorate in philosophy raises critical issues

‘Don’t objectify black people through white guilt’

White people should take responsibility for what they’ve done to black people and feel remorse

Isn’t identity informed by experience?

To question someone’s authority to speak on their own identity and inwardness is truly questionable.

​Demise of philosophical society not black and white

The Philosophical Society of Southern Africa appears to be falling apart over Africanising a Eurocentric viewpoint.

​The age of humanism is ending

The divergence of democracy and capital will defy reason and politics will become brutal survivalism.

‘The vilest of men rise to the greatest credit’

French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's writings from 1755 could have well been written today, about South Africa.

Violence: What Fanon really said

The revolutionary philosopher fought racism and colonialism, but he was not a violent man.

No country for brilliant thinkers

Why is Mabogo More, probably the "most frequently cited philosopher living in South Africa today", almost unknown in the country?

What do we mean when we speak of ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a central idea in post-apartheid South Africa, but scholars disagree on whether it informs the Constitution or undermines it.

The comforts of orthodoxy

Six books aiming to revive the self-help genre are themselves in need of help, says Michael Titlestad

‘A lot of what I write is blah blah, bullshit’

<b>Stuart Jefferies</b> chats to Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher who combines theories of anarchy, communism and Lady Gaga with aplomb.

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Pay-TV inquiry probes the Multichoice monopoly

Africa’s largest subscription television operator says it is under threat amid the emerging popularity of global platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime

Covid-overflow hospital in ruins as SIU investigates

A high-level probe has begun into hundreds of millions of rand spent by the Gauteng health department to refurbish a hospital that is now seven months behind schedule – and lying empty

​No apology or comfort as another Marikana mother dies without justice

Nomawethu Ma’Bhengu Sompeta, whose funeral will be held this weekend, was unequivocal in calling out the government for its response to the Marikana massacre

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