Earlier versions of parts of this book have appeared in the journals Common Knowledge, Theoria, The South African Journal of Philosophy, and Current Writing, and in the edited volume blank architecture, apartheid, and alter Sections of the book have been presented to the Cornell University Humanities Center, the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa; the philosophy department of the City College of New York/CUNY; history, English, and philosophy seminars at the University of Natal; the Rhodes University Philosophy Colloquium; and the University of Witwatersrand School of Art and Drama. My inaugural address to the University of Natal has also found its way into parts of the manuscript. Each and every one of these occasions offered something significant for an American in South Africa to learn as he felt his way into the momentous instant of transition. The philosophy 1 brought to this experience I owe to Stephen Toulmin more than to anyone else because he impressed on me the unique capacity of the philosophical essay to probe philosophical ideas through the encounter with new times. Without his Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity, this book could not have been written.
Other individuals also deserve special mention. These include Raphael de Kadt, Lucia Saks, Ahmed Bawa, Patrick Lenta, Deepak Mistrey, Julia Clare, Andries Gouws, Lynn Matisonn, Michael Steinberg, David Bunn, Ivan Vladislavic, Hilton Judin, Jeffrey Perl, Douw Van Zyl, Michael Chapman, and Ronnie Miller. Ed Dimendberg, editor-at-large for the University of Minnesota Press and a member of the faculty of the University of