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South African Journal of Philosophy

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

0.4 (2022) Impact Factor
0.5 (2022) 5 Year IF

0.923 (2022) SNIP
0.180 (2022) SJR

0.8 (2022) CiteScore (Scopus)

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-anonymized 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 Motsamai Molefe, University of South Africa, Graduate School of Business Leadership

Managing Editor 

Dr John Sanni, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Associate Editors

Dr Christopher AllsobrookUniversity of Fort Hare, South Africa
Dr Lindsay KellandRhodes University, South Africa
Dr Dimpho MaponyaUniversity of Johannesburg, South Africa

Editorial Board

Prof Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University, USA
Prof Simon Beck, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Prof Willem A. Landman, Ethics Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Prof Edwin Etieyibo, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Prof Andrea Hurst, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Prof Dirk J. Louw, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Prof Denise Meyerson, Macquarie University, Australia
Prof Seumas Miller, Charles Sturt University and the Australian National University, Australia
Prof Abraham Olivier, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Prof David Papineau, Kings College, London University, UK
Prof Michael Pendlebury, North Carolina State University, USA
Prof Nancy Sherman, Georgetown University, USA
Prof Johan Snyman (Emeritus), University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Prof David Spurrett, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Prof Daniël F.M. Strauss, University of the Free State, South Africa
Prof Anton A. van Niekerk, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Prof Jennifer Wilkinson (Emeritus), University of South Africa, South Africa

Copy Editor

Graham C. Reed, NISC (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Publishing Manager

Dr Kelly-Anne Frith, NISC (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Philosophical Society of Southern Africa
Secretary: Mr Chad Harris, Philosophy Department, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Enquiries about membership of the Society may be directed to Dr Luke A. Buckland, Centre for Leadership Ethics
in Africa, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, King William’s Town Road, Alice 5700, South Africa.
Members receive the Journal free.


Latest Issue

Volume 43, Issue 1, 2024

Research Article

Why it is rational to expect the horrible – The future of humanity and climate change
Author(s): Konrad Szocik University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland , Matti Häyry Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Pages: 12–20
Climate change and anti-natalism: Between the horrible and the unthinkable
Author(s): Konrad Szocik University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland , Matti Häyry Aalto University School of Business, Finland
Pages: 21–29
Rawls's original position and Kant's categorical imperative procedure
Author(s): Jinghua Chen University of Auckland, New Zealand
Pages: 42–56
Euthanasia in human beings versus companion animals
Author(s): Shené Jheanne de Rijk University of Johannesburg, African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, South Africa
Pages: 57–69
The pursuit of “restrictive” enhancement: A phenomenological argument
Author(s): Sarah A. Gardner University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Pages: 106–123


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Instructions for Authors 

More detailed instructions can be found on the journal’s website here.

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-anonymized 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: This journal uses the Electronic Copyright System (ECS) and emails with the link to confirm the authors copyright requirements will be sent separately when their article enters production. 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 ZAR147 (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 75 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.



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