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Dr George Hull

Dr George Hull

BA(HonsCantab MPhil PhD London

Senior Lecturer

Convener, Postgraduate PPE Programme

Areas of interest: Political/Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Ethics, German Philosophy, Public Policy

Current courses:
PHI2043S Business Ethics (with Jimmy Winfield)
PHI2045S: Philosophy of Race
PHI4004H: Philosophical Texts (with others)
PHI4023F: History of Philosophy
Bioethics at the Medical School

Office: 3.10.2
Email: George.Hull[at]

University committees:
Humanities Research Ethics Committee
Humanities Nominations Committee
Poverty and Inequality Planning Group


The Equal Society: Essays on Equality in Theory and Practice (ed.)
Publisher: London, Boulder, New York & London: Lexington Books (published in southern African by UCT Press)
Publication date: 2015

Business Ethics and Other Paradoxes: How Philosophy Answers Questions about the Ethics of Business (with Jimmy Winfield & Greg Fried)
Publisher: Cape Town: Fairest Cape Press
Publication date: 2014


Academic papers

‘Diversity’, in The Routledge Handbook of Discrimination (ed. Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen), forthcoming

‘Black Consciousness as Overcoming Hermeneutical Injustice’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, forthcoming

‘Racial Inequality’, Philosophical Papers, vol. 45, no. 1-2, 2016, pp. 37-74

‘Reconciling Efficiency, Access, Fairness and Equality: The Case for Income-contingent Student Loans with Universal Eligibility’, Kagisano, no. 10, 2016, pp. 187-217

‘From Well-faring to Well-being: Prospects for a Metric of Liberal Egalitarian Justice’, in The Equal Society: Essays on Equality in Theory and Practice (ed. George Hull), London, Boulder, New York & London: Lexington Books, 2015, pp. 137-63

Review: James Grant, The Critical Imagination, Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 65, no. 260, 2015, pp. 570-72

‘Affirmative Action and the Choice of Amends’, Philosophia, vol. 43, no. 1, 2015, pp. 113-34

‘Reification and Social Criticism’, Philosophical Papers, vol. 42, no. 1, 2013, pp. 49-77

Review: Luc Boltanski & Ève Chiapello, The New Spirit of CapitalismHumana.Mente, vol. 10, 2009, pp. 143-145


Other writing

‘Why Government Loans Are the Fairest Way to Fund South Africa’s Students’, The Conversation (Africa), 4 October 2016, also published in The Sowetan and Finweek

Review: Pedro Tabensky & Sally Matthews (ed.), Being at Home: Race, Institutional Culture and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions, New Agenda, no. 62, second quarter 2016, p. 45

‘Free University Education Is Not the Route to Social Justice’, The Conversation (Africa), 27 October 2015, also published in Mail & Guardian

‘‘So White You’ve Got to Wear Shades’’, Mail & Guardian (Getting Ahead & MBAs supplement), 21-27 August 2015, p. 2

‘Creating a Society of Equals’, Cape Times, 12 August 2014, p. 9

Review: Ken Kalfus, Equilateral, Times Literary Supplement, 29 November 2013, p. 25

‘Coetzee in his Castle’, The London Magazine, October/November 2013, pp. 107-116

Review: Mia Couto, The Tuner of Silences, Times Literary Supplement, 19 April 2013, p. 21

‘The Problem with Paolo Sorrentino’, The London Magazine, 12 April 2013

Review: Thomas Blom Hansen, Melancholia of Freedom, The South African, 12 April 2013

Review: Lorin Stein and Sadie Stein (ed.), The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, Times Literary Supplement, 8 March 2013, p. 30

Review: Dido and Aeneas, Time Out (London), 17 January 2013

Review: Fiona Forde, An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the ‘new’ ANCThe South African, 24 October 2012

‘Germany’s Naked Truth’, BBC History Magazine, vol. 13, no. 9, September 2012, pp. 36-40

‘A Riddle Dissolved’, The London Magazine, December 2011/January 2012, pp. 78-83

‘Has Houellebecq Lost La Haine?’, The London Magazine, October/November 2011, pp. 100-110

‘Terence Rattigan’s Theatre of the Unspoken’, The London Magazine, June/July 2011, pp. 69-77

‘The Holy Family’, Total Politics, 19 April 2011

‘Who Owns the Fair Ground?’, Left Foot Forward, 6 February 2011

‘Political Rhetoric: You Know—or Do You?’, The Economist, 14 October 2010, p. 36



Africa Business Radio (The Melting Pot with Zinhle Mncube): ‘Another Perspective on #FeesMustFall, Study Loan Option’, 6 October 2016

PowerFM (Power Zone with Thabo Mdluli): ‘Why Government Loans Are the Fairest Way to Fund South Africa’s Students’, 6 October 2016

The Voice of the Cape (Drivetime with Shafiq Morton): ‘Free University Education Is Not the Route to Social Justice’, 28 July 2016

Elizabeth Redden, ‘#FeesMustFall’, Inside Higher Ed, 18 November 2015

Joonji Mdyogolo, ‘Death: An Inconvenient Truth’, Mail & Guardian, 28 March 2013


Unpublished presentations

‘Group Representation, Freedom, and Democracy’, International Colloquium on Lawrence Hamilton’s Freedom Is Power, Cape Town, June/July 2016

‘Conflict and Compromise in the Novels of S. E. K. Mqhayi, A. C. Jordan and J. M. Coetzee’, Workshop in the CHERTL Roundtable Series on Critical Issues in Higher Education on the Topic of Transformation of Higher Education and the Formation of a Canon in African Philosophy and African Literature, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, May 2016

‘Risk Cost-benefit Analysis and Fairness in the Distribution of Risk’, International Network of Economic Method Conference, Cape Town, November 2015

‘Inequality of Opportunity as Accessory after the Fact to Past Racism’, Philosophy Department Seminar, University of Cape Town, October 2015

‘Pluralism and Petrus in Coetzee’s Disgrace’, Coetzee Collective Seminar, University of Cape Town, August 2013

‘Realism and Reflection: Nietzsche and John McDowell on Ethical Formaton’, Koç University, Istanbul, March 2012

‘Nietzschean Genealogy as Diagnosis of Ethical Irrationality’, Postgraduate Sessions, Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association, University of Sussex, July 2011

‘Gemeinschaft und Illusion: Ressourcen der moralrealistischen Gesellschaftskritik’, Philosophisches Kolloquium Prof Rahel Jaeggi, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, June 2011

‘Die Entstehung der zweiten Natur: Genealogie und moralischer Realismus’, Kolloquium zur Sozialphilosophie Prof Axel Honneth, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, July 2009