By Andrew Nash
This booklet brings into view the main enduring and precise philosophical present in South African history—one usually obscured or patronized as Afrikaner liberalism. It lines this present of suggestion from nineteenth-century disputes over Dutch liberal theology via Stellenbosch existentialism to the legal writings of Breyten Breytenbach, and examines similar subject matters within the paintings of Olive Schreiner, M. ok. Gandhi, and Richard Turner. on the middle of this practice is a defence of loose speech in its classical experience, as a advantage beneficial for an exceptional society, instead of in its smooth liberal experience as anyone correct. Out of this defence of unfastened speech, performed within the face of fees of heresy, treason, and immorality, various philosophical conceptions developed—of the self constituted in discussion with others, of freedom as transcendence of the given, and of a dialectical flow of cognizance because it is informed via debate and motion. This learn exhibits the Socratic dedication to "following the argument the place it leads," sustained and built within the hurricane and pressure of a weird modernity.
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