Dr Bernard Matolino

Lecturer in African Philosophy (sessional)

Telephone: 
033 260 5564

Dr Matolino works as a Senior Lecturer at University of KwaZulu Natal. At St Augustine, he teaches MPhil module in African Philosophy.

 

NRF RATING:

Y1 (2015 – 2020)

UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC AWARDS:

2000: Dean’s Commendation 1st semester

          Certificate of Merit: Sociology 110

2001: Dean’s Commendation 2nd semester

          Certificate of Merit Philosophy 210

          Certificate of Merit Philosophy 220

          International Golden Key Honour Society Membership

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED:

2004: Masters award by UKZN valued at R8 000

2006-8: Unilever Ethics Centre scholarship for doctoral studies valued at +/- R 50 000 p.a.

2007: Doctoral Scholarship from CODESRIA (US $5 000)

RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED:

Mellon Merit Award R30 000 (May 2009 – Dec 2010)

American Council of Learned Societies – African Humanities Program Fellowship US$ 18 000 (Jun 2012 – May 2013)

CODESRIA – Post Doctoral Fellowship US$ 15 000 (Oct 2015 – Dec 2016)

RESEARCH RECOGNITION:

#Cited as one out of 20 emerging researchers in the entire University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Research Report of 2010

#Cited as an emerging researcher in the entire University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Research Report of 2011

#Cited as an emerging researcher in the entire University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Research Report of 2014

ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE:

2004: Tutor Philosophy 2nd year course (Symbolic Logic/Ways of Reasoning), Ethics 1st year course (Introduction to Ethics)

2005: Junior Lecturer/Research Assistant- Philosophy (St. Augustine College)

2006: Tutor Philosophy (UKZN) 2nd year course in symbolic logic/ways of reasoning

2007: Tutor (Africa in the World)-UKZN Humanities Access Programme

         Materials Developer (for Access Programme

         Junior Lecturer (Philosophy and Ethics)

 2008: Contract Junior Lecturer (Philosophy 3rd year courses in African philosophy and African ethics, ethics 1st year, philosophy 1st year and African philosophy to honours students)

FULL TIME ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT

2009 - Present: Senior Lecturer at UKZN in philosophy (courses taught include: metaphysics, moral philosophy, epistemology, African philosophy and philosophy of religion to all undergraduate levels. Teaching at honours and Masters levels)

PART TIME ACADEMIC WORK:

2012 - Present: Part time lecturer at St Josephs Theological Institute

ADMISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY:

Academic Co-ordinator for Philosophy (June 2010 – December 2011)

Leadership Equity Accelerated Programme (Leap) Co-ordinator for the college of humanities and education (June 2011 – December 2012)

Academic Leader for Philosophy and Classics (October 2012 – December 2013)

Member of the Human and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (2010 - Present)

Member of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Higher Degrees Committee (June 2013 – Present)

Member of the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics PhD and Masters by research Oral Review Committee (January 2014 – Present)

Academic Leader for Philosophy (May 2015 – present)

 

Education: 

B.A. (Philosophy and Law) 2003 University of Natal

B.A. (Hons) Philosophy 2004 University of Natal

M.A. (Philosophy) 2005 University of KwaZulu-Natal

Title: “Defending Rawls on the Self: A Response to the Communitarian Critique”

PhD (Philosophy) 2009 University of KwaZulu-Natal

Title: “The Concept of Person in African Political Philosophy: An Analytical and Evaluative Study”

 

Publications: 

BOOK

  1. Personhood in African Philosophy (Cluster Publications) 2014

#Critical Review: Oyowe, O.A. 2015. “This thing called communitarianism: A critical Review of Matolino’s Personhood in African PhilosophySouth African Journal of Philosophy (34:4)

# Critical Review: Masembe, I.E. 2015. “The Limitations of Bernard Matolino’s “limited communitarianism”: Continuing the Conversations on Personhood in African Philosophy” Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African, Culture and Religions (4:2)

PEER REVIEWED ACCREDITED JOURNAL ARTICLES

  1.  “A Response to Eze’s Critique of Wiredu’s Consensual Democracy” South African Journal of Philosophy (28:1) 2009
  2. “Radicals versus Moderates: A Critique of Gyekye’s Moderate Communitarianism” South African Journal of Philosophy  (28:2) 2009
  3. “Quandaries of Legitimacy” Theoria  number 123 June 2010
  4. “Tempels’ Philosophical Racialism” South African Journal of Philosophy (30:3) 2011
  5.  “The (Mal)Function of ‘it’ in Ifeanyi Menkiti’s Normative Account of Personhood” African Studies Quartely vol (12:4) 2011
  6.  “Democracy, Consensus and Africa: An Investigation into Consensual Democracy’s Contribution to African Political Philosophy” Philosophia Africana (14:2) 2012
  7. “The Nature of Opposition in Kwasi Wiredu’s Democracy by Consensus” African Studies (72:1) 2013
  8. “The End of Ubuntu” South African Journal of Philosophy (32:2) 2013 (co-authored with Kwindingwi, W.)
  9. ““There is a racist on my stoep and he is black”: A philosophical analysis of black racism in post-apartheid South Africa” Alternation (20:1) 2013
  10. “Exorcising the Communitarian Ghost: D.A. Masolo’s Contribution” Quest (25:1-2) 2014
  11. “A Response to Metz’s Reply on the End of Ubuntu” South African Journal of Philosophy (34:2) 2015
  12. “Aristotelian Eudaimonia and African Communitarianism” Phronimon (16:1) 2015
  13. “The place of South African philosophy in the future of South African philosophy” Social Dynamics (41:3) 2015
  14. “Universalism and African Philosophy” South African Journal of Philosophy (34:4) 2015

FORTHCOMING

  1. Rationality as a Basis of Decision Making in Traditional African Consensual Democracy (Theoria 2016)

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. Abantu and their Ethic in the Face of AIDS in Walmsley, G. (ed). African Philosophy and the Future of Africa: South African Philosophical Studies, III. Wahsington D.C.: The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy 2011
  2. The Role of non-Political Institutions in Entrenching Democracy in Odimegwu, I.; Asiegbu, M.F.; Izunwa, M.O (eds). Celebrating the Genius of J. Obi Oguejiofor: Discourses in African Philosophy. Awka: FAB Education Books 2015

FORTHCOMING

Return to the Source: Challenges and Prospects in Ngulube, P (ed) 2016

Guest Editorial

Special Issue of Journal on African Philosophy entitled “Reconciliation in Postcolonial Africa” (7) 2013

Editorial

Assistant Editor – South African Journal of Philosophy (2015)

Book Editor – Philosophia Africana (2015)

PhD External Examination

Rianna Oelofsen “Afro-Communitarianism and the Nature of Reconciliation” Rhodes University 2013

1x PhD University of Pretoria (2015)

1x PhD UNISA (2015)

POST GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISED TO COMPLETION PhD

Oyowe. O.A. (2014) (as co-supervisor with Prof. Simon Beck)

Masters

Maraganedzha, M. (2014)

Lembethe, N. (2015)

Ezenwanne, H. (2015) by research

CURRENT STUDENTS UNDER SUPERVISION

10 PhDs and two Masters

 

Other Scholarly Contributions: 

ACADEMIC PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES

2006: “Embracing Nietzsche's Superman: Challenges and Prospects for a New Post Apartheid Political Identity”-(Nietzsche Conference at Rhodes University Jan 2006)

         “Person, its Morals and Conception in African Philosophy: A Critical Reflection” (PSSA Conference at Rhodes University Jan 2006)

2007: “Consensus” in African political philosophy” (PSSA Conference at Stellenbosch University Jan 2007)

         “Consensus as democratic process in African thought” (ISAPS Conference at Rhodes University Apr 2007)

          “Abantu and their ethic in the face of AIDS”-(St. Augustine International Conference on African Philosophy at St Augustine College of Southern Africa Oct 2007)

2009:  “A Critique of Gyekye’s moderate Communitarianism” (PSSA Conference at Fort Hare University Jan 2009)

          “Quandaries of Legitimacy” (ISAPS Conference at Cheikh Anta Diop University – Dakar, Senegal April 2009)

2010: “Consensual Democracy: Some Conceptual and Practical Considerations” (ISAPS Conference at University of Ghana Legon – Accra, Ghana Mar 2010)

2011: “Tempels’ Philosophical Racialism” (PSSA Conference at UKZN Jan 2011)

         “Ethnophilosophy as Epistemic Violence” (ISAPS Conference at Ohio State University, Colombus Ohio, USA Apr 2011)

2012: “Can Blacks be Racists? If So What Type of Racists Could They Be?” (PSSA Conference at University of Cape Town, Jan 2012)

         “Exorcising the Communitarian Ghost: D.A. Masolo’s Contribution” (Special symposium on D.A. Masolo, University of Johannesburg, March 2012)

2013: “The End of Ubuntu” (PSSA Conference at UKZN Jan 2013)

2014: “Justice in African Consensus” (The Grammar of Justice conference at Goethe university, Frankfurt, Germany, Sep 2014)

2015: “Universalism and African Philosophy” (PSSA Conference at NMMU Jan 2015)

2015: “The Shaping of the Future of African Philosophy” (Conference on African philosophy’s present, past and future WITS Sep 2015)

2015: “Orientation, Secrecy, and Toleration” (Inter-Disciplinary.Net Conference on Connecting, Rethinking and Embracing difference at Mansfield College, Oxford, UK) 

CONFERENCE ORGANISED

2012:   April 16-18 18th Annual International Society of African Philosophy and Studies Conference at UKZN

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  1. UNISA July 2015 Africa Speaks Public Dialogue: “Ending Party Cleavage For a Better Polity: Is Politics Without Parties A Viable Alternative for Africa”
  2. Zimbabwe Open University August 2015 Annual Conference: “AIKS and the Abstract”