n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Wat is die universiteit? Gedagtes oor diegemeenskapsuniversiteit

Volume 56 Number 4-1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751



The article is based on the presupposition that the future of Afrikaans as a language of instruction at tertiary level will largely depend on the Afrikaans-speaking community (and not on the state,as was the case during the past century). At the same time the article proposes that such a university, created by the language community itself, be founded on the community-based idea of the university. The aim of the article is to focus on the meaning and essence of the latter, namely the community-based university. In order to give effect to this rather ambitious aim, the article broadly distinguishes between three different (but in some respects overlapping) concepts of what the university as such implies, namely the modern Von Humboldt university, the postmodern business university, and lastly the community-based university. Like the Von Humboldt university, the community-based university is committed to the idea of Bildung as its telos. What features at the very centre of Bildung is the idea that the educational event is characterised by the search for and insight into the whole of being (and not only specialised knowledge of or expertise in the multiplicity of disciplines). But unlike the Von Humboldt university, Bildung in the context of the community-based university does not aim at the realisation of an autonomous individual existence at the service of the modern territorial state.

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