Dr. Dirk Louw

Dr Dirk (Jakobus) Louw was appointed as a senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy in 2012. He holds degrees in Philosophy, Psychology and Biblical Studies/Theology, and 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 Limpopo (UniLim), South Africa (UNISA), Utrecht (UU) and Radboud (RU). 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.



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

African Philosophy 334



BAHons (Philosophical Counselling/Practice)

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

Selected publications

“Rethinking Ubuntu” (Forthcoming)

2018. “The phenomenon of philosophy in Afrikaans: On Pieter Duvenage’s Afrikaanse filosofie: Perspektiewe en dialoë” (review article), Stellenbosch Theological Journal, vol.4, no.2, pp.777-797

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.