Dr. Tanya de Villiers-Botha


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, philosophy of evolutionary biology and the 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.

Selected publications

  • 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)

Postgraduate diploma (History of Philosophy; Research Ethics; Singer)