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

Professor Alex Broadbent is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at UJ, founding Director of the African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, at Professor of Philosophy. Before joining UJ in 2011, he held various research, teaching and visiting positions at Cambridge, Vienna, Athens and Harvard. Alex is a philosopher of science, medicine and epidemiology, with particular interests in causal inference, explanation, and prediction. Alex is committed to finding philosophical problems in practical contexts, and to contributing something useful concerning them. In particular, he has been instrumental in establishing the philosophy of epidemiology as a distinct sub-discipline at the intersection of philosophy of medicine and science (his 2013 book Philosophy of Epidemiology was the first book-length treatment of the topic). He also works on the philosophy of law, and especially the use of scientific evidence in law.

Alex holds a P-rating (highest for age group) from the National Research Foundation of South Africa (2013-2018) and is an alumnus 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). He has three sole-authored monographs, the latest being Philosophy of Medicine, which is scheduled for publication in January 2019 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