A South African Philosopher in Dark Times
Ernst Wolff and contributions by Ruth Versfeld, Paul Van Tongeren, Kobus Krüger, Marlene van Niekerk, and Antjie Krog
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First book-length study of one of the foremost South African philosophers
Martin Versfeld (1909–1995) is one of South Africa’s greatest philosophers, appreciated by academics and activists, poets and the broader public. His masterful prose spans the tension between disquiet and joy. Detractor of the violent trends of modernity, a critic of apartheid from the first hour, he was among the first philosophers of ecology. At the same time he celebrated the generosity of the world and advocated an ethics of simplicity, drawing on mediaeval theology and Eastern wisdom. His philosophy offered food for thought in dark times of the 20th century, as it still does for us in the 21st century.
This first book-length study on Versfeld is an invitation to think with him on justice and exploitation, cultural difference and human nature, religion and the environment, time and connectedness.Ebook available in Open Access.
This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).
“Go and read Versfeld! His philosophy develops this basic orientation in an ethics of simplicity, in critique of injustice, often with irony and humor, but without ever being frivolous.”, Ernst Wolff
Major publications by Marthinus Versfeld
2. What was Versfeld doing when he was doing philosophy?
4. Versfeld and Nietzsche: Strange bedfellows
5. Grasping the truth from where we are
6. Versfeld’s dialogue with Eastern thought
10. What is living and what is dead of the philosophy of Martin Versfeld? – Or, the philosopher read by a vultur
Format: Monograph - paperback
Size: 234 × 156 × 12 mm
Publication: September 17, 2021
Stock item number: 143291
Ernst Wolff is professor of philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven.
Kobus Krüger is emeritus professor of science of religion at the University of South Africa.
Marlene van Niekerk, multiple award-winning novelist and poet, is professor of creative writing at the University of Stellenbosch.
Paul van Tongeren is emeritus professor of philosophy at the Radboud University, Nijmegen.
Ruth Versfeld works in teacher education and curriculum development in South Africa.
Johann Beukes, litnet, 2022-10-27, Part 1 and Part 2