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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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Photo
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 11-15
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  1. Major Publications By Marthinus Versfeld
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Chapter 1. “Fertilizer to the last” – Biographical snips
  2. Ruth Versfeld
  3. pp. 21-35
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  1. Chapter 2. What was Versfeld doing when he was doing philosophy?
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. Chapter 3. Self-knowledge and practical reason in a time of political madness
  2. pp. 61-91
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  1. Chapter 4. Versfeld and Nietzsche: Strange bedfellows
  2. Paul van Tongeren
  3. pp. 93-104
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  1. Chapter 5. Grasping the truth from where we are
  2. pp. 105-124
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  1. Chapter 6. Versfeld’s dialogue with Eastern thought
  2. J. S. Krüger
  3. pp. 125-148
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  1. Chapter 7. Poiesis – On the voice of poets, philosophers and other potters
  2. pp. 149-161
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  1. Chapter 8. Reverberations
  2. Marlene van Niekerk
  3. pp. 163-172
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  1. Chapter 10. What is living and what is dead of the philosophy of Martin Versfeld?: – or, the philosopher read by a vulture
  2. pp. 191-217
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-223
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789461664150
Related ISBN(s)
9789462702974
MARC Record
OCLC
1280100524
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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