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Dirk Louw


Dr Dirk (Jakobus) Louw was appointed as a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy in 2012. He obtained a doctoral (DPhil) degree in 1995 from Stellenbosch University (SUN), where he studied and lectured during the 80's and early 90's. He also studied and/or lectured at the universities of Utrecht (UU), South Africa (UNISA) and Limpopo (UniLim), and holds degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Biblical Studies/Theology. Besides teaching Philosophy, his work experience inter alia includes being a clinical psychologist in the employment of the Department of Health and Social Development (Limpopo Province), from whom he received a trophy for the "best academic overall achiever" (intern psychologists) in 2008. He is a former editor of the South African Journal of Philosophy (SAJP) and a former secretary of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa (PSSA). His current research interests include African Philosophy/Ethics, Philosophical Counselling/Practice, and Philosophy of Religion/Philosophical Theology.



Business Ethics 242 (Professional Ethics)

Philosophy and Ethics 314 & 474 (Applied Ethics for Engineers)

African Philosophy 334


BAHons (Philosophical Counselling)

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Ethics (PGD) (African Ethics)

Selected publications

2015. "Ubuntu heroorweeg" (Ubuntu reconsidered), Tijdschrift voor Filosofie vol.77, pp.7-26.

2013. "Defining Philosophical Counselling: An Overview", South African Journal of Philosophy, vol.32 no.1, pp.60-70.

2011. "Towards a definition of Philosophical Counselling in South Africa", South African Journal of Psychology, vol.41 no.1(March), pp.101-112. (Co-author: DP Fourie).

2006. "The African concept of ubuntu and restorative justice", pp.161-173 in D. Sullivan & L. Tifft (Eds), Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective. New York: Routledge.