n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Ontwikkelingstake van die 'bejaardheidsleeftyd' in veranderende omstandighede - 'n agogies-filosofiese perspektief

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Modern circumstances have made precise definition of the term 'old age' untenable. Two epistemic strategies have up to now been used for the definition of human life-stages, viz. the rationalist-deductive, and the positivist-inductive. Both have become unpopular since the emergence of post-modern approaches. As a result, there is a tendency today not to regard 'old age' as a definite stage of human life, but rather as a puzzle, network or ramified web. Despite the 'openness' and ramified nature of this final life-phase and its various contexts, a number of developmental tasks universally associated with it can still be discerned. Individuals in this phase should be equipped (led, educated) to perform these tasks adequately as a precondition for leading a meaningful life.

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