South African Journal of Philosophy

ISSN: 0258-0136 (Print)
            2073-4867 (Online)
Publication frequency: 4 issues per year

Indexed in the Thomson Reuters Arts and Humanities Index®

Accredited with the DHET (SAPSE)

Official publication of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa

Co-published with RoutledgeClick here for Open Access options on this journal

Aims & Scope

The aim of the South African Journal of Philosophy (SAJP) is to publish original scholarly contributions in all areas of philosophy at an international standard. Contributions are double-blind peer-reviewed and include articles, discussions of articles previously published, review articles and book reviews. The wide scope of the South African Journal of Philosophy makes it the continent's central vehicle for the publication of general philosophical work.



Prof. Andrea Hurst - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Editorial Board

Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah - Harvard University
Prof. Vincent Brummr - Emeritus, Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht
Prof. Willem A Landman - Ethics Institute of South Africa
Dr Dirk J Louw - University of the North
Prof. Denise Meyerson - Macquarie University
Prof. Seumas Miller - Charles Sturt University & the Australian National University
Prof. Kai Nielsen - Emeritus, University of Calgary
Prof. Abraham Olivier - University of Fort Hare
Prof. David Papineau - Kings College, London University
Prof. Michael Pendlebury - North Carolina State University
Prof. Nancy Sherman - Georgetown University
Prof. JJ Snyman - University of Johannesburg
Prof. Daniel FM Strauss - University of the Free State
Prof. Anton A van Niekerk - Stellenbosch University
Prof. Jennifer Wilkinson - Emeritus, University of South Africa
Prof. Kwasi Wiredu - University of South Florida
Prof. Simon Beck - University of KwaZulu-Natal
Prof. David Spurrett - University of KwaZulu-Natal

Latest Issue

Volume 36, Issue 1, 2017: Special Issue: Debating Brain Drain


Guest editors' introduction: Justice, the brain drain, and Africa: Introduction to a symposium on Debating Brain Drain
Author(s): Gillian BrockPhilosophy, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Michael BlakePhilosophy, Public Policy, and Governance, USA
Pages: 1–3
Restricting health worker migration in the name of solidarity
Author(s): Jeremy SnyderFaculty of Health Sciences, Canada
Pages: 4–12
Emigration and community
Author(s): Samantha ViceDepartment of Philosophy, South Africa
Pages: 13–23
Taking up the slack: The duties of source state citizens in the brain drain crisis
Author(s): Christine HobdenMax Weber Fellow, European University Institute, South Africa
Pages: 33–44
Addressing the brain drain: A partial cosmopolitanism approach
Author(s): Devesh KapurPolitical Science, United States
Pages: 45–57
Debating brain drain: Three objections that complicate the picture
Author(s): Louise du ToitDepartment of Philosophy, South Africa
Pages: 58–68
Doctors with borders? An authority-based approach to the brain drain
Author(s): Alfonso DonosoInstituto de Ciencia Política, Chile, Alejandra MancillaUniversitetet i Oslo, Norway
Pages: 69–77
Brain drain: A communitarian response to Brock and Blake
Author(s): Abraham OlivierDepartment of Philosophy, South Africa
Pages: 78–90
Toward a more inclusive understanding of the “brain drain”
Author(s): Amy Reed-SandovalUniversity of Texas at El Paso, United States
Pages: 91–100
The economics and philosophy of the brain drain: A critical perspective from the periphery
Author(s): Seán M. MullerDepartment of Economics and Econometrics, South Africa
Pages: 115–132
Reverse migration, brain drain and global justice
Author(s): Uchenna OkejaDepartment of Philosophy, South Africa
Pages: 133–143
Socrates, Crito, and emigration from South Africa
Author(s): Dylan FutterDepartment of Philosophy, South Africa
Pages: 144–155
In defence of departure: Justice and the right to leave
Author(s): Michael BlakePhilosophy, Public Policy, and Governance, USA
Pages: 168–176


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Editorial Policy: The South African Journal of Philosophy (SAJP) publishes original scholarly contributions in all areas of philosophy at an international standard. Contributions are double-blind peer-reviewed and include articles, discussions of articles previously published, review articles and book reviews. Submissions are considered for publication on the understanding that the author offers SAJP an exclusive option to publish and that the paper is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Copyright: To assure the integrity, dissemination, and protection againstcopyright infringement of published articles, you will be asked to assign us, via a Publishing Agreement, the copyright in your article. Your Article is defined as the final, definitive, and citable Version of Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final form, including the abstract, text, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material hosted by Taylor & Francis. Our Publishing Agreement with you will constitute the entire agreement and the sole understanding between you and us; no amendment, addendum, or other communication will be taken into account when interpreting your and our rights and obligations under this Agreement.

Submission: All submissions should be made online at the South African Journal of Philosophy Editorial Manager website. Manuscripts must be submitted in a MS Word-compatible format. A page charge of ZAR134 (excluding VAT) per published page will apply ONLY to authors at South African universities whose articles attract publication subsidy. Upon receipt of a page charge invoice, authors who do not receive subsidies from their institutions or do not have access to publication funding will be eligible to apply for a waiver to the publisher by emailing The use of non-essential colour will be charged at ZAR 900 per page in Africa and USD 150 in the Rest of the World. Rates exclude VAT for South African authors and a modest banking charge for non-South African authors. If there is some problem with you or your institution paying page fees, please contact the publisher by emailing All authors have the option of making their paper Open Access. A copy will be placed in an electronic archive where it is accessible without charge. Freely accessible papers tend to be more frequently cited than papers that are only accessible to subscribers.

Manuscript Format: Final submissions must contain the following, in sequence:
• Title of the contribution: Titles must not be longer than 15 words, and must contain sufficient information for use in title lists or for coding purposes to store or retrieve information. Titles should be in sentence case.
• The first name/s (or initials) and surname of every author.
• Indicate the corresponding author and provide a current e-mail address for this author.
• The name, full address of the university/institution and email address of every author.
• An abstract of maximum 250 words must reflect the contents of the text faithfully and concisely, and be suitable for separate publication and indexing. An abstract should not contain any references.
• Main text of article with footnotes (not endnotes).
• Reference list providing all relevant details of sources cited. Photographs and other figures should be submitted as separate files saved (in order of preference) in PSD, JPEG, PDF or EPS format. Graphs, charts or maps can be saved in AI, PDF or EPS format. MS Office files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) are also acceptable but do not embed these in your manuscript – send the original files. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the necessary permissions for visuals originating from published sources or from another party.

Style Guidelines: Manuscripts should be written in clear English (UK spelling). Consult the Oxford English Dictionary for spelling, capitalisation, hyphenation and abbreviation conventions.
• Notes should appear as footnotes and not endnotes.
• Italics should be used for emphasis, not bold or underlining.
• Quotations longer than a single sentence should be indented.
• Short quotations in the text should appear in double quotation marks.
• Quotations in any language other than English should be supported by a translation into English in a footnote. (The converse is not required, but authors may choose to provide original language versions of texts they discuss in the English translation.)
• Subheadings should not be numbered and should be in sentence case. Cross references to other parts of the paper should refer to the section or to the relative location (such as “three paragraphs above”) and not to section/page numbers. First-level subheadings should be bold, second-level bold italic and third-level italic. 

A list of references should be placed at the end of the article. The journal uses the Chicago Author-Date referencing style, available here. Some reference exemplars are shown below.

In-text references References to publications should be included in the text, not in footnotes. They should be given by the name of
the author, the year of publication, and the page number if quoting directly, e.g.: “... as Sapir has noted (1921, 39) ...”
Book Armstrong, D. 1993. A Materialist Theory of the Mind. Revised edition. London: Routledge.
Chapter in book Bealer, G. 1998. “Intuition and the Autonomy of Philosophy.” In: Rethinking Intuition, edited by M. DePaul and W. Ramsey, 201–239. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
Edited work O’Connor, D., and A. Reid, eds. 2003. Ancient Egypt and Africa. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.
Reprinted work Schmitt, C. (1932) 2007. The Concept of the Political. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Journal article Beck, S. 2006. “These Bizarre Fictions: Thought Experiments, our Psychology and our Selves.” Philosophical Papers 35(1): 29–54. doi:10.1080/05568640609485171.
Website Eyene, C. 2013. “An Interview with Mary Sibande.” art lab/art news.

Free Online Access: All authors will receive 50 e-prints of their article through Taylor & Francis Online to distribute to colleagues. Instructions on how to access these e-prints will be emailed to authors using addresses supplied to Taylor & Francis upon submission of articles. Reprints of articles published in the journal can be purchased through Rightslink or alternatively on our journal’s website. If you have any queries, please email our reprints department at:


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