Inspiring: Mpho Tshivhase becomes SA's first black woman to earn PhD in Philosophy

Inspiring: Mpho Tshivhase becomes SA's first black woman to earn PhD in Philosophy

- Mpho Tshivhase graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from UJ

- She became the first black woman in South Africa to do so

- While she celebrated the achievement, she said it is "distressing" that it took so long

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Dr Mpho Tshivhase has become the first black woman in South Africa to obtain a PhD in Philosophy.

She made the incredible achievement upon graduating from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on 12 April, Briefly.co.za learned.

According to the UJ's website, her thesis, titled "Towards a Normative Theory of Uniqueness of Persons," focused on what it means for people to be unique.

Dr Mpho Tshivhase. Source: University of Johannesburg

Dr Mpho Tshivhase. Source: University of Johannesburg

Dr Tshivase's supervisor was Professor Thaddeus Metz. In an interview, he said her doctoral thesis is the first systematic treatment of uniqueness as something valuable in a person’s life.

The student also explained what her research meant to her:

This topic is extremely fascinating for me, particularly because I think we live in a society that generally moves people to prioritise who (and perhaps even what) other people think they should become.

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Although Dr Tshivase is pleased with her achievement, she indicated that it was bittersweet:

While it is inspiring and well worth celebrating, it is also distressing that I am the first African woman from South Africa to get a Doctorate in the field of Philosophy from any institution.

She plans to apply for grants to benefit more female students and researchers in the field of Philosophy in South Africa.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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