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 science, philosophy of evolutionary biology, metaethics, and ethics.

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)