Philosophy

Philosophy

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  • Wardle, Darryl (University of Pretoria, 2017)
    What is the meaning of life? This philosophical question is as old as human existence itself, and has received especial attention in the secular Western world since the 19th century and Friedrich Nietzsche's polemical ...
  • Tembo, Josias (University of Pretoria, 2017)
    This thesis argues that the notion of African identity, in its essentialist and anti-essentialist conceptions, does not have the conceptual and theoretical purchase to imagine socio-political and cultural spaces of agency ...
  • Maree, David J.F. (University of Pretoria, 2017)
    The early work of Bhaskar is critically evaluated as a possible philosophy of science for psychology. His Critical Realism reacts against both positivism in natural science and hermeneutics in psychosocial science. On the ...
  • Knauff, Fritz Theo (University of Pretoria, 2017)
    This dissertation aims to revitalise and revalue a currently disregarded conceptual field of tolerance, and explores the prospect of it - and its respective practice (toleration) - satisfying Nietzsche"s criteria of ...
  • Wood, Egerton Agars (University of Pretoria, 1976)
    The two questions : "What is the point of life?" and "What is the point of art?" are complex. There is some confusion about what is meant by the first question and what sort of answer or answers we can reasonably expect. ...
  • Van Tongeren, Paul (Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap & Kuns, 2017-03)
    If philosophy claims to be an analysis of the here and now, it should also reflect on the preconditions of a description and diagnosis of the present. One of the challenges presented by such an analysis is the risk of ...
  • Borren, Marieke (Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap & Kuns, 2017-03)
    This article investigates the current student protests in South Africa in light of the meaning of democracy, the law and citizenship. It also addresses the fundamental question about the existence – if at all – of an ...
  • Hofmeyr, A.B. (Augusta Benda) (Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap & Kuns, 2017-03)
    The current national crisis in Higher Education in South Africa, set against the backdrop of a corrupt national government incapable of providing any leadership in this regard, compels philosophers to undertake an incisive ...
  • Van Haute, Philippe (Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap & Kuns, 2017-03)
    In his brilliant novel Payback, Mike Nicol tells about an Anglican priest who at the end of the 18th century was burnt to death because of his paedophilic crimes. Nicol’s story seems to imply that paedophilia already ...
  • Schoeman, Marinus J. (Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap & Kuns, 2017-03)
    In the first part, this article explores an important phenomenon of our time, i.e. the resurgence of revolutionary liberation movements. Basically, all revolutionary movements since the 18th century rest on at least two ...
  • Kistner, Ulrike (Routledge, 2012)
    In his article, ‘Still searching for “the human”’, Premesh Lalu (2012, p. 1) decries the National Research Foundation’s decision to fund 60 new chairs at universities in South Africa, to foster research in line with the ...
  • Wolff, Ernst (Taylor & Francis and NISC (Pty) Ltd, 2016-11)
    This article explores current issues in South African philosophy curriculum design. Four questions are considered, each followed by a supplementary note. Firstly, the place of philosophy from other traditions, particularly ...
  • Kistner, Ulrike (Transformation, 2011)
    The academic institution in which I work makes of me – unintentionally on my part – a sociographic observer. The first thing to be noted in this sociography concerns the changing definition of the role of the university that ...
  • Wardle, Darryl (Taylor & Francis and NISC (Pty) Ltd, 2016-08)
    Philosophical existentialism has sought to understand the nature of human existence and the possible meaning(s) that might be made thereof. For the noteworthy existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre, the meaning of life cannot ...
  • Van Rensburg, Rudolf Ernst (University of Pretoria, 2016)
    The study presents a thesis on the constitutive role of technics in the formation of social bonds between human beings, with special consideration given to the question of friendship. The concept of technics is analysed ...
  • Coombs, Wehan Murray (University of Pretoria, 2016)
    The notion of harmony between the philosophies of Plato and Aristotle is one of the most this modernity, e in Western philosophical exegesis. In nduringly controversial topicscontroversy has been blunted by twin assumptions; ...
  • Hofmeyr, A.B. (Augusta Benda) (Institute of Philosophy, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 2012)
    Like his one-time teacher, Heidegger, Levinas makes a distinction between Being (Sein) and beings (Seiendes), but prefers to speak of ‘existence’ and the ‘existent’. Again, like Heidegger, Levinas understands existence ...
  • Kistner, Ulrike (Fundación Telefónica, 2011)
    Walter Benjamin’s famous statement in the eighth of his “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” that “the state of [exception] in which we live is not the exception but the rule,”1 has become as normalized as its ...
  • Kistner, Ulrike (Routledge, 2015-03)
    This article investigates some accounts of conspicuous consumption in South Africa, tracing their variously linear, circular and disjunctive paths, identifying and explaining some methodological impasses, and concluding ...
  • Schoeman, Marinus J. (Peeters Publishers, 2015)
    In the first six sections of this article the author discusses various aspects of Arendt’s view of freedom. Particular attention is given to her performative (dramaturgical) view of action and to her idea of the self-revelatory ...

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