Regstudie, die geesteswetenskappe en enkele gedagtes rondom geregtigheid

Show simple item record Van Marle, Karin 2013-02-11T07:34:00Z 2013-02-11T07:34:00Z 2012-12
dc.description.abstract In this article the author reflects on the relationship between the law and the humanities in the context of the aftermath of apartheid. She raises some concerns with regard to the general sentiment that emanates from the ASSAf report and the Charter on the Humanities and Social Sciences which would appear to limit the contribution of these disciplines to a narrow functionalism devoid of any intrinsic value. She refers to two articles published recently by South African scholars on the state of both the university and the humanities. The first article laments the university’s uncritical embrace of corporatisation, resulting in the concomitant loss of collegiality. The other focuses on how even critical responses to the state’s approach towards the humanities fall into the trap of again delimiting the humanities; advocating, instead, a third space, within which the humanities would be enabled to develop a selfconscious critical stance. The author underwrites Ulrike Kistner’s support of this third space that is linked to Hannah Arendt’s definition of freedom (distinguished from liberation). Traditional approaches to law which regard the law as an autonomous discipline are not open to the possible influence and value of the humanities for legal scholarship and legal education. The author, however, is also critical of the extent to which some legal scholars rely on multidisciplinary approaches, since these perspectives also follow a narrow functionalist approach to the humanities. By way of conclusion she discusses shortly a few examples of a respectful engagement with the humanities as part of a reflection on justice. She highlights the contemplations on law, justice and the humanities of James Boyd White, Marianne Constable and Ari Hirvonen. Law and literature scholar James Boyd White rejects the view of the law as a system of rules and policy as well as the view of the law as an abstract mechanical bureaucratic system. To him law is “an inherently unstable structure of thought and expression”... “not a set of rules at all, but a form of life” (2012:1). Marianne Constable’s take on justice is to focus on the exploration of speech and the silences from which speech emanates. She focuses on the imperfect nature of language and translates this into law – as language, law is imperfect, incomplete and unknowable. Ari Hirvonen, through the work of Sarah Kofman, considers the possibility of a new humanism that does not comply with a set of universal morals, but rather imagines and creates communities based on irreducible difference. The author argues that these examples are valuable for the depth of engagement with justice from a humanities perspective, showing that they could also give direction to critical legal scholarship and critical legal education within the present South African context. en_US
dc.description.abstract In die artikel besin die outeur oor die verhouding tussen die reg en die geesteswetenskappe in die konteks van die nasleep van apartheid. Sy spreek kommer uit oor die algemene sentiment wat voortspruit uit die ASSAf-verslag en Handves vir die Geestes- en Sosiale wetenskappe, wat ’n eng funksionalistiese, nie-intrinsieke waarde aan hierdie dissiplines toedig. Ulrike Kistner se steun vir ʼn derde ruimte vir die kritiese geesteswetenskappe wat in die teken staan van Hannah Arendt se omskrywing van vryheid (te onderskei van bevryding) word ondersteun. Tradisionele benaderings tot die reg wat die reg as ʼn outonome dissipline beskou, is nie oop vir die moontlike invloed en waarde van die geeswetenskappe vir regstudie en regsopvoeding nie. Die outeur staan egter self krities teenoor die mate waarin sommige regsgeleerdes steun op multidissiplinêre perspektiewe, aangesien hierdie perspektiewe ook ʼn eng funksionalistiese benadering tot die geesteswetenskappe volg. Ter afsluiting bespreek sy kortliks voorbeelde van ʼn respekvolle omgang met die geesteswetenskappe as deel van ʼn besinning oor geregtigheid. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Van Marle, K 2012, 'Regstudie, die geesteswetenskappe en enkele gedagtes rondom geregtigheid', Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 749-760. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0041-4751
dc.language.iso Afrikaans en_US
dc.publisher Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap & Kuns en_US
dc.rights Suid Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap & Kuns en_US
dc.subject Critical legal study en_US
dc.subject Law en_US
dc.subject Justice en_US
dc.subject Humanities en_US
dc.subject Multi-disciplinary perspectives en_US
dc.subject Collegiality en_US
dc.subject Critical humanities en_US
dc.subject Speech en_US
dc.subject New humanism en_US
dc.subject Kritiese regstudie en_US
dc.subject Reg en_US
dc.subject Geregtigheid en_US
dc.subject Geesteswetenskappe en_US
dc.subject Multidissiplinere perspektiewe en_US
dc.subject Kollegialiteit en_US
dc.subject Kritiese geesteswetenskappe en_US
dc.subject Spraak en_US
dc.subject Nuwe humanisme en_US
dc.title Regstudie, die geesteswetenskappe en enkele gedagtes rondom geregtigheid en_US
dc.title.alternative Legal scholarship, the humanities and a few thoughts on justice en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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