n Acta Academica - Afrikaner nationalism, apartheid and the perversion of critique

Volume 46, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0587-2405


In this article I investigate the relationship between Afrikaner nationalism, apartheid and philosophy in the context of the intellectual history of the University of the Free State. I show how two philosophers that were respectively associated with the Department of Political Science and the Department of Philosophy, H J Strauss (1912-1995) and E A Venter (1914-1968), drew on the philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd to justify separate development. I argue that their interpretation does not simply amount to a wilful misunderstanding of Dooyeweerd, but rather that the foundational moment of Dooyeweerd's philosophy involves an interpretive violence that accommodates this interpretation.

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