n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Alikreukel, dink-histologie en gewapende visie in Van Wyk Louw se

Volume 46, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


In this article I undertake an investigation into thinking about thinking (or meta-thinking) in van Wyk Louw's . After briefly surveying the criticism on this topic and the important views of Pretorius, Van Rensburg and Olivier on the intellectual in Louw's work, I briefly examine the different forms and modalities of knowing ("ken" and "weet") in the book. Knowing is metaphysical, but also improper and impure, while women have the paradoxical ability to be both carnal and metaphysical at the same time and to reconcile the physical and the metaphysical. In the main body of the article I trace the theme of meta-thinking in four important poems, "Voorspel 1950", the Cartesian series, "Ars poetica" and finally "Armed vision". What emerges from the analysis is in the end an anti-logocentrism and the possibility that truth is not logocentric but the result of permutations of language.

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