Discipline of Philosophy

Prof Callum D Scott

College of Human Sciences
School of Humanities
Associate Professor
Tel: +27124296207
E-mail: scottcd@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • D.Phil. (Philosophy) (University of Pretoria) (2014)
  • M.A. (Philosophy) (University of Pretoria) (2007)
  • B.A. (Hons.) (Philosophy) (University of Pretoria) (2004)
  • B.A. (University of Pretoria) (2003)
  • H.Dip.Th. (Theological Education by Extension College) (2017)

NRF Rating

Y2

Currently teaching

  • PLS2607 (Philosophy of Science)
  • PLS3709 (Advanced Western Philosophy)
  • HRPLS81 (Philosophy Research Report)
  • PLS4802 (A thorough study of a period in the history of philosophy)
  • PLS4804 (A thorough study of an approved philosophical problem: History and Philosophy of Science)

Fields of academic interests

  • Philosophy of Cosmology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Religion
  • Thomism

Field of Specialisation

  • Philosophy of Cosmology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Religion
  • Thomism

Journal articles

  • “An Ubuntu critique of racism: towards a racist free society.”, 2010, Pp. 132 – 139, in: Farquharson, F. (Ed.). Inaugural Ubuntu Conference: Conference Proceedings: Peer Reviewed Academic Abstracts, Papers and Posters. Durban: The Moses Kotane Institute (MKI). ISBN: 978-0-620-46289-1.
  • “Beyond Racism: Ubuntu and the Other.”, Skills at Work: Theory and Practice Journal, Volume 3, 2010. Pp. 71 – 80. ISSN: 1815-3666.
  • “Fides et ratio: science and faith in compliment.”, Phronimon: Journal of the South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, Volume 11(2), 2010, Pp. 49 – 67. ISSN: 1561 4018. URL: http://www.phronimon.co.za/index.php/phroni/article/view/12/8.
  • “The Evolutionary Thought of Teilhard de Chardin: Meanderings at the Limits of Science and Metaphysics.”, Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 141, November 2011, Pp. 81 – 100. ISSN: 0047 2867.
  • “Understanding beyond language: perceiving meaning in reality.”, Koers: Bulletin for Christian Scholarship, 76(4), 2011, Pp. 661 – 686. ISSN: 0023-270X. URL: http://koersjournal.org.za/index.php/koers/article/viewFile/415/383.
  • “The death of Philosophy: a response to Stephen Hawking.” South African Journal of Philosophy, 31(2), 2012, Pp. 384 – 404. ISSN: 0258-0136. DOI: 10.1080/02580136.2012.10751783.
  • “Facing Being: the significance of Thomist ontological epistemology to realism in post-Kantian philosophy.”, South African Journal of Philosophy, 33(3), 2014, Pp. 347-364. ISSN: 0258-0136, EISSN: 2073-4867. (DOI: 10.1080/02580136.2014.914323). 
  • “Primary causality: in defence of the metaphysical rationality of faith in God as Creator.”, Verbum et ecclesia, 36(1), 2015. ISSN: 1609-9982 (print), 2074-7705 (online). DOI: doi:10.4102/ve.v36i1.1377. URL: http://www.ve.org.za/index.php/VE/article/view/1377.
  • “Rewriting Aquinas’ animal ethics: the primacy of reason in the determination of moral status.”, South African Journal of Philosophy, 34(3), 2015, Pp. 289-303. (Co-authored with Yolandi Marié Coetser). ISSN: 0258-0136, EISSN: 2073-4867. DOI: 10.1080/02580136.2015.1055450. URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ref/10.1080/02580136.2015.1055450.
  • “Saint Thomas Aquinas’ ontological epistemology as clarified realism: The relating of subject to object for ontological knowledge.”, South African Journal of Philosophy, 35(3), 2016, Pp. 249-260. ISSN: 0258-0136, EISSN: 2073-4867. DOI: 10.1080/02580136.2016.1183439. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02580136.2016.1183439.
  • “The frontiers of empirical science: A Thomist-inspired critique of scientism.”, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies, 72(3), 2016, 3180. ISSN: 0259-9422. URL: http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/article/view/3180.
  • "Aquinas and Solovyov: Unified Christian ontological-epistemology in critique of epistemic reductivism.", Verbum et Ecclesia, 39(1), ISSN: 2074-7705 (Online), 1609-9982 (Print). URL: https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/1891/3530.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • National Research Foundation (NRF) Rating: Y2 (October 2015)
  • Award in recognition of innovation in Teaching & Learning at Unisa (2011)