PROSPER: Promoting Social and Political Ethics Research

Head of Unit: Prof Vasti Roodt

Vasti Roodt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Head of PROSPER. She holds and MA and DPhil in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University. Her research specialisation is moral and political philosophy, with specific focus on issues around the public/private distinction, contractualism and political metaphor. Her current research focuses on the the way in which metaphor and analogy influence our reasoning about political concepts.

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Dr Anna Hartford

Dr. Anna Hartford is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Stellenbosch University and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brain and Behaviour Unit at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on moral epistemology— including the ethics of ignorance, and broader questions of knowledge and responsibility— as well as applied ethics. She received her MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University, and her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cape Town. Her doctoral research focused on the problem that moral ignorance poses to theories of blameworthiness. She is currently working on questions in neuroethics.

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