South African Journal of Philosophy

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, 2012

Archive Fever: 'Order Is No Longer Assured'
AbstractThis article uses a close reading of Jacques Derrida's short work Archive fever: A Freudian impression (1996), in order to show the structural impossibility for law and the wider legal system to protect itself from the destabilising effects of...
From Hostility to Hope: Beauvoir's Joyful Turn to Hegel in the Ethics of Ambiguity
AbstractKojève's lectures on Phenomenology of Spirit generated two ideas - otherness is something threatening that must be overcome and one's relationships with others are inexorably violent - that fundamentally shaped the way many exponents of early...
How Can Human Beings Transgress Their Biologically Based Views?1
AbstractEmpirical evidence from developmental psychology and anthropology points out that the human mind is predisposed to conceptualize the world in particular, species-specific ways. These cognitive predispositions lead to universal human commonsense...
How Does Anybody Live in This Strange Place? A Reply to Samantha Vice1
AbstractSamantha Vice has argued that 'white' South Africans are so tainted by the history of racial oppression in their country that they are incapable of attaining a great degree of moral virtue. She recommends that they should live in humility and...
Nietzsche's Questioning
AbstractWhen Nietzsche is called a radical philosopher, it is (among other reasons) because he claims to call into question what other thinkers take for granted. In the article I concentrate on the way in which Nietzsche asks his questions, and how his...
On Hannah Arendt: The Worldly In-Between of Human Beings and Its Ethical Consequences1
AbstractIn this paper, I show how a concept of ethics can be derived from Hannah Arendt's theory of action in The Human Condition, which contains from her call for action. When she looks at the 'political actor', as well as at the concept of 'political...
Space Contestations and the Teaching of African Philosophy in African Universities
AbstractThe central issue addressed in this paper is the demand for improvements in the space granted to African philosophy in African universities. I offer and elaborate on the most basic reasons for this demand, which includes amongst others: 1) the...
The Invisibility of Richness: A Critique of Vice's 'Strange Place'1
AbstractThis article builds on Samantha Vice's argument on the problem of whiteness in contemporary South Africa. I will explore the thesis of invisibility regarding whiteness and argue for its relevance to the rich per se. This thesis demonstrates how...
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