Menu Close
Professor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand

The topics of forgiveness, moral responsibility, freedom, justice and Immanuel Kant’s theoretical philosophy, particularly his metaphysics, form the basis of Professor Lucy Allais’ research. She studied Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand and completed her Master’s and PhD degrees at the University of Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar. After lecturing at various Oxford colleges and the University of Sussex, Prof Allais moved to Wits where she is currently Professor of Philosophy as well as Director of the Wits Centre for Ethics. Since 2015, she has held the Henry Allison Chair of the History of Philosophy at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and holds joint appointments at Wits and UCSD. Her widely reviewed and praised book on Kant’s metaphysics, Manifest Reality, won the North American Kant Society’s 2016 prize. She has more than 40 single authored papers, many in internationally leading journals such as the European Journal of Philosophy and The Journal of Moral Philosophy, and has been a distinguished visitor and keynote speaker at multiple venues around the world.


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Professor of Philosophy
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation