n South African Journal of Higher Education - How would Ludwig Wittgenstein have performed in the current South African higher education system? : initiating debate

Volume 23, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The pressure to perform has migrated from the corporate world into academe. Academics across the globe feel this pressure to perform, often expressed as 'publish or perish'. I reflect on the rising culture of performativity in recent decades and how it has penetrated South African universities. In doing so, I specifically look at the academic life of Ludwig Wittgenstein (regarded by Anglo-American philosophers as the greatest philosopher of the 20th century) to begin to deconstruct performativity regimes in South Africa and in particular the NRF rating system.

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