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Title:Philosophy and the Crisis in South Africa
Author:Nupen, M.A.
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
political stability
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:This article contains the text of the 1988 Richard Turner Memorial Lecture, delivered by the author at the University of Natal, Durban, on 28 April. Richard Turner, the Durban political philosopher, who was assassinated ten years ago, was passionately opposed to the modern tradition that removed philosophy from the public sphere. The author starts with a discussion of the work done by economists and political scientists on the South African crisis, arguing that philosophy cannot proceed independently of such empirical work. Then he presents a history of philosophy, notably of the three centuries since Enlightenment, when philosophy became steadily politicized. He comes to the conclusion that only by using the philosophical model that expresses the dynamic moment of self-reflection, which makes public discourse so effective, it is possible to fully grasp the extent of the crisis of the South African system. Ref.