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By Andrew Nash

This booklet brings into view the main enduring and certain philosophical present in South African history—one usually obscured or patronized as Afrikaner liberalism. It strains this present of inspiration from nineteenth-century disputes over Dutch liberal theology via Stellenbosch existentialism to the felony writings of Breyten Breytenbach, and examines comparable subject matters within the paintings of Olive Schreiner, M. okay. Gandhi, and Richard Turner. on the center of this custom is a defence of unfastened speech in its classical feel, as a advantage beneficial for a superb society, instead of in its smooth liberal feel as a person correct. Out of this defence of loose speech, performed within the face of fees of heresy, treason, and immorality, a number philosophical conceptions developed—of the self constituted in discussion with others, of freedom as transcendence of the given, and of a dialectical circulate of cognizance because it is proficient via debate and motion. This learn indicates the Socratic dedication to "following the argument the place it leads," sustained and constructed within the typhoon and rigidity of a unusual modernity.


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