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Phila Msimang

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Phila Msimang is a lecturer of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and the Convener of the Socratic Society at Stellenbosch University. His research interests include the philosophy of science, the metaphysics of race, biological and social theories of race, biosemiotics, plant cognition, and theories of minimal cognition. He sits on the editorial committee of the historical journal Natalia and is part of an inter-university research group that focuses on issues concerning race, the knowledge project, and society. His current areas of research are topics in the metaphysics of race and plant cognition.



214: Subdisciplines in Philosophy I

345: Analytic Philosophy

Selected publications

Journal articles

Msimang, P.M. 2018. Non-racialism isn’t in the future of South Africa: towards a pessimistic view of race. Transformations 96 (1), 72–94. 

Msimang, P.M. 2015. Problems with the physical in physicalism. South African Journal of Philosophy 34 (3), 336–345. 

Msimang, P.M. 2015. On Vít Gvoždiak's “John Searle's Theory of Sign". Organon F 22 (2), 255–261. 

Msimang, P.M. 2014. Living in one world: Searle's social ontology and semiotics. Signs and Society 2 (2), 173–202. 

Phila Msimang's full CV and publications can be downloaded from​ and Researc​hGate ​