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Title:Oor die republikeinse gedagte: 'n oefening in herinnering
Author:Goosen, Danie
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan (ISSN 0018-229X)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political ideologies
presidential systems
Abstract:This paper is a brief exercise in what can be referred to as a politics of remembrance with regard to the republican tradition of Afrikaners in South Africa. Its aim is not to argue that Afrikaners as cultural-historical community can respond to the many crises it faces with a mere return to their republican tradition. Rather, the aim of such a politics of remembrance is to keep the question about the meaning of the republican tradition alive. In the first section, the meaning of the concept 'politics of remembrance' is discussed. In the following sections, the focus shifts to three important characteristics of the republican tradition: first, the way in which the republican tradition represents the relationship between the whole and its parts (with specific reference to the American and French republican traditions); second, the republican idea of freedom (as distinguished from the liberal idea of freedom); and, last, a republican representation of the relationship between politics and religion (in other words, the theological-political problem). Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans, text in Afrikaans [Journal abstract]