- 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
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 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.
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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