Co-Director, African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, and Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg

Alex Broadbent is Professor of Philosophy and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at UJ. Previously he held various research, teaching and visiting positions at Cambridge, Vienna, Athens and Harvard, before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2011. Alex is a philosopher of science with particular interests in philosophy of epidemiology, philosophy of medicine, and philosophy of law, connected by the philosophical themes of causation, explanation, and prediction. He is committed to finding philosophical problems in practical contexts, and to contributing something useful concerning them. He holds a P-rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa (2013-2018) and is a member of the South African Young Academy of Sciences. He has published a number of articles in top international journals across three disciplines (philosophy, epidemiology, law). His first book, Philosophy of Epidemiology, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and has been translated into Korean. His second book, Philosophy for Graduate Students: Metaphysics and Epistemology, was published by Routledge in 2016. He is currently working on his third book, Philosophy of Medicine, under contract with Oxford University Press.


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Johannesburg


  • 2007 
    University of Cambridge, PhD, History and Philosophy of Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Professor of Philosophy of Science
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation