Curriculum Vitae

CV of David Anthony Pittaway


July + August 2019: Logic Based Therapy (LBT) Certification. Course hosted by the National Philosophical Counselling Association. LBT is the methodology applied in Philosophical Counselling and Consulting.

May 2018 – present: Post-doctoral researcher at Nelson Mandela University under SARChi Chair for Identity and Social Cohesion in Africa

2017: PhD with specialisation in Philosophy. University of the Free State (UFS)

2012: Permaculture Design Certificate. Permaculture Association, UK.

2010: Diploma of Teaching in the Lifelong

Learning Sector (DTLLS). City and Guilds, UK.

2008: MA in Philosophy/English (Cum Laude). Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

2004: BA Honours in English (Cum Laude). Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

2003: BA Media, Communication and Culture. University of Port Elizabeth

Work Experience

2018 – present: Post-doctorate at Nelson Mandela University under SARChi Chair 
for Identity and Social Cohesion in Africa

July 2013 – Nov 2017: Lecturer and course content developer for all first year Philosophy modules at the Nelson Mandela Metro University.

Mar 2013 – May 2013: Researcher for Paula du Plooy, who works in the Education sector of Siyawela. I compiled information on the education systems and projects in several African countries.

Dec 2012 – Feb 2013: Short Research Assistant Contract at Nelson Mandela Metro Uni. I researched the content for a Philosophy unit, SF121, for Prof. Andrea Hurst

Sept 2008 – June 2012: Lecturer at Oaklands College, St. Albans, AL4 0JA, Herts, UK, 01727737080.

I taught the following subjects at Oaklands College:

  • AS and A2 Philosophy (Co-ordinator)

  • AS and A2 English Literature (Co-ordinator)

  • AS and A2 Critical Thinking (Co-ordinator)

  • Access English Language and Literature

  • AS English Language

  • GCSE English

  • AS and A2 Media Studies

June – Sept 08: Lecturer and course content developer for Executive Business English, and Executive Personal Development, at the College of Technology,  London, 153 – 159 Bow Rd, London, E32 FE, 0208 980 7888

Feb 06 – May 08: Lecturer of Philosophy, Critical Reasoning, Shakespeare, Writing for the Communication Industry, Close Reading / Good Writing, at Varsity College, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Feb – June 05: ‘PracTeacher of English and Guidance / Life Orientation at Pearson High School as part of the PGCE (Please note: I only completed the first semester of the PGCE; I left to pursue my lecturing career)

Feb – Nov 04: English Tutorial Leader at the Nelson Mandela Metro. Uni.

Feb – Dec 03: Student Assistant in Video Production lectures

Published journal articles:

– Know thy Systemic Enemies: Mechanisms that Prevent Transformation. Politikon.

– To learn healing knowledge: philosophy, psychedelic studies, and transformation. South African Journal of Philosophy.

– A philosophical situation: democratic capitalism, the ecological crisis, and the issue of choice. Acta Academica.

– Placing the ecological crisis in a broader context – the Orphic and the Promethean. Phronimon.

Papers presented, and talks given:

– Paper delivered at the Centre for Phenomenology South Africa Conference, Chinsta (2019)

– Paper delivered at Philosophical Society of South Africa, Pretoria (2019)

– Paper delivered at the Being Human in the 21st Century Conf, Nelson Mandela Uni, (2018)

– Paper delivered at the Wild Coast Philosophy Symposium (2018)

– Day of lectures, presentations and talks at UFS Architecture Dept. (Special invite, 2018)

– Seminar speaker at RU Philosophy department. (Special invite, 2018)

– Paper presented at UFS conference called ‘Neocolonialism and the Global South: Multidisciplinary perspectives on meaning and matter’ (2015)

– Paper presented at PSSA conference called ‘Contrasts and Contests’, NMU (2015)

– Talk at Falcon Rock’s ‘Wellness Fair’

Relevant Training:

2017: From Thesis to Journal Article. One week session facilitated by Louise Vincent and Frans Schuurman.

2008-2012: Subject planning and standardisation courses attended annually (where relevant) when working at Oaklands College for AQA English Literature, AQA English Language, AQA Philosophy, OCR Critical Thinking, AQA GCSE English, ‘Access’ to Higher Education (general feedback meetings).

High School

High School 1996 – 2000: Alexander Road High School, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
High School Subjects: English, Afrikaans, Maths, Science, Computer Studies, Accounting

Involvement / Achievements at High School and University

University: Member of Music, Philosophy, and Debating Societies. School: ‘Headboy’ 2000; Interact (Junior Rotary) President 1999; Matric Farewell Host 1999; Debating Society Member 1998–2000; Toastmasters Participant and ‘runner up’ speaker; School Newspaper Editorial Team 1999; Member of the Student Representative Council 1998 – 2000; Sport: Rugby, Athletics, Water Polo, Cross Country running.

Hobbies / Interests

Informal Philosophy Salon attendance, Port Elizabeth; Podcasting; Permaculture / Organic Gardening; Outdoor activities (hiking, swimming, cycling); Reading; Writing; Yoga and Pilates; Rocket stoves and thermal mass heaters.


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Personal statement

My friends and colleagues know me to be a reliable, hard-working and extremely productive individual. Having studied and taught philosophy (and a variety of other subjects) in various contexts for 18 years, I am committed to pursuing philosophy as a transformative discipline, or rather as a way of life. It is my contention that philosophy plays a crucial role in creating dynamic conceptual spaces from which various personal, social, political, economic, ethical and ecological issues can be evaluated. Furthermore, I remain committed to contributing positively to the lives of the people with whom I interact – my referees will vouch for this commitment.