n HTS : Theological Studies - Die mens as deelname aan 'n 'geskonde en besete wêreld' : C.K. Oberholzer, fenomenologie en Pretoria : original research




This article focuses on the living presence of phenomenology as an intellectual tradition at the University of Pretoria, and more specifically the role of C.K. Oberholzer (1904 - 1983) in creating a space for such reflection. The article consists of four (interrelated) parts: the founding years of philosophy at the University of Pretoria against the colonial backdrop of the British Empire, and the rise of Oberholzer under different circumstances in the 1930s; a succinct definition and description of phenomenology in four chronological waves of influence over the last century; the specific way in which Oberholzer interpreted and appropriated phenomenology in the Pretoria context; and finally, the political implications of Oberholzer's phenomenology and philosophical anthropology in the apartheid years, the present as well as the future.


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