Dr. Tanya de Villiers-Botha is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Stellenbosch University. She obtained her DPhil at Stellenbosch University in 2006. Her research interests include: philosophy of mind and cognitive science, meta-ethics and the epistemology and ethics of AI. She is currently the coordinator of the Data and Computational Ethics Research Group of the Stellenbosch University Philosophy Department and a member of the Global AI Ethics Consortium of the Institute for the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Technical University of Munich.
- Smith, James and De Villiers-Botha, Tanya (2021) Hey, Google, Leave Those Kids Alone: Against Hypernudging Children in The Age of Big Data. AI & Society (forthcoming)
- Harm as Negative Prudential Value: A Non-Comparative Account of Harm SATS 21 (1): 21-38.2020.
- Haidt et al.’s Case for Moral Pluralism Revisited Philosophical Psychology 33 (2): 244-261. 2020.
- “Harm: The counterfactual comparative account, the omission and pre-emption problems, and well-being”, South African Journal of Philosophy 2018 37(1), 1-17.
- “How not to be a metaethical naturalist Jesse Prinz on the emotional construction of morals”, S. Afr. J. Philos. 2014, 33(2): 145-154
- “Peculiarities in Mind; Or, on the Absence of Darwin” South African Journal of Philosophy2011, 30(3): 282-30
- “The Complex ‘I’. The Formation of Identity in Complex Systems” (with Paul Cilliers) in Complexity, Difference and Identity. An Ethical Perspective.Cilliers, P., Preiser, R. (eds.) 2010. Dordrecht: Springer
- “Why Peirce Matters: The Symbol in Deacon’s Symbolic Species”, Language Sciences, January 2007, 29(1): 88-108
Philosophy 144: Introduction to Moral Argumentation (Ancient Greek and Medieval Philosophy)
Philosophy 244: Philosophical Sub-disciplines II (Philosophy of Mind)
Philosophy Honours (Philosophical Naturalism)
MPhil (Applied Ethics) Introduction to Data Ethics
Postgraduate diploma (History of Philosophy; Research Ethics; Animal Ethics)