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The Department of Philosophy is extending its course offering in 2014 with the introduction of Philosophy of Race. This new second year course will be introduced as a second semester module in July 2014.
Prof Robert Segall and his wife, Prof Nan Yeld.
Retired physics professor Robert Segall has embraced the concept of lifelong learning and will receive his second PhD this week.
At 74, Segall is to receive his PhD in philosophy and will be capped by his wife, Dean of the Centre for Higher Education Development, Professor Nan Yeld.
A myriad of manuals and magazine articles would have it that, for first-time parents, life with a newborn has its little ups and downs but is, by and large, a straightforward affair.
Paul Smit's love of the Scottish philosopher, economist and historian David Hume has won him the 2008 Keswick Prize for Lucidity.
Professor Leslie London ("Affirmative Action & the Invisibility of White Privilege", 4 June) suggests that my arguments are illogical. This, however, is because he misunderstands my arguments.
David Benatar's inaugural lecture critiquing affirmative action has been given wide coverage in the media and provoked a vigorous debate on the campus, as have the many replies to his polemic. I want to make two points about David Benatar's arguments that seem completely illogical to me.
You remark in the last Monday Paper that you did not print any letters in support of David Benatar because you received none. I regret, then, not taking keyboard in hand earlier to applaud his tour de force of an inaugural lecture, the start of which was delayed by trying to cram into a large and overflowing lecture hall what was comfortably the biggest audience I ever saw at such an event.
It is clear that David Benatar imagines himself to hold the meaning of 'truth'. It is clear that he is primarily concerned with 'being right' and with showing others to be 'wrong'. In light of his unyielding attachment to his position, there is no point in singularly focussing on a direct response to him.
An entire month has gone by in which, intermittently but with a remarkable degrees of anger, grandstanding and the occasional gnashing of teeth, the topic of discussion most publicized and spoken about in both local major newspapers of Cape Town and now in the national paper, the Mail & Guardian, has been Professor David Benatar's contentious views regarding the policy of Employment Equity at the University of Cape Town.
In her letter to the Monday Paper (issue of 7-20 May), Judy Favish writes: 'I was shocked that Professor Benatar believed that it was possible to evaluate redress mechanisms…purely on the basis of logical considerations.' Several other critics of Benatar have also made this point. I think it is important to show that it is not an effective criticism of his views.
I was deeply disappointed by the coverage of the Benatar debate in the last issue of the Monday Paper. I was present at the debate and Professor Benatar's arguments received much support from many in the audience.