n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Constancy and Change, Historical Types and Trends in the Passion of the Western Mind, B.J. Van der Walt : book reviews

Volume 54, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The study of the history of philosophy is an important part of doing philosophy. It has been said that philosophy only has its history left as more and more of its original domain has been captured by the special sciences. This, of course, is an exaggeration. Yet, as Van der Walt shows, the history of philosophy is important, and not only so for philosophers, for I think indeed that , succeeds in showing the relevance of this subject for issues we face in everyday life - no less in Africa than in Europe. Without guidance we - Christians hardly less than seculars - easily fall prey to false dilemma's such as Empiricism or Rationalism, Modernism or Postmodernism. It is altogether fitting for an to publish such a book.

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