Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg

Thaddeus Metz is Distinguished Professor (2015-2019) and Research Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He writes on a variety of moral, political, and legal topics, including: interpreting sub-Saharan morality analytically and applying it to contemporary issues; engaging in comparative philosophy amongst non-Western traditions; addressing normative issues in higher education; enquiring into what makes a life meaningful; and developing theoretical accounts of mental health and psychotherapy. Amongst his more than 200 professional publications are three books, Meaning in Life (2013) Jurisprudence in an African Context (2017), and A Relational Moral Theory: African Contributions to Global Ethics (forthcoming), all with Oxford University Press.


  • –present
    Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg


  • 1997 
    Cornell University, PhD/Philosophy

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation


Distinguished Professorship from the University of Johannesburg; 'A' Rating from the South African National Research Foundation