Recent Submissions

  • Relativity and relativism: historical and systematic considerations 

    Strauss, Danie (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: A brief overview of the emergence of the relativistic challenge to the so-called “exact” natural sciences, such as mathematics and physics, is followed by an analysis of the crisis that Husserl experienced in ...
  • Relativism in national higher education policy documents: what is a university? 

    Lategan, Laetus (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: Several national higher education policy documents have been published over the past ten years. In spite of the impact of these documents on universities, nowhere do they deal critically with what a university is ...
  • Rediscovering engagement after Descartes — phenomenology, Macmurray, and the primal world-view 

    Balcomb, Tony (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: Philosophy in the tradition of Kant and Descartes is characterised by disengagement and objectification. But the rationalist world-view of Descartes and Newton has been challenged from within by the focus on ...
  • The application of philosophical tools to the theme of relativity and relativism 

    Visagie, Johann (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: This article initially describes a specific conception of philosophical tools — models of coherence at various levels and in different contexts of philosophical analysis. The overall purpose is to apply some of ...
  • Cultural relativism and cultural absolutism 

    Wallner, Fritz (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: Cultural relativism suffers from two flaws: a logical flaw and a conceptual one. The logical flaw relates to the differentiation between the absolute mind and the relative mind. This means that the assumption of ...
  • The relative and the absolute in Merleau-Ponty’s account of the “spoken word” 

    Wait, Eldon (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: Merleau-Ponty’s general position transcends the traditional distinction between the absolute and the relative. The “lived world” is absolute in the sense that it is the ultimate context within which we are able ...
  • The contemporary context of relativity and relativism 

    Olivier, Bert (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: In this paper an analogy is drawn between certain features of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and the model of signification encountered in the work of the post-structuralists Lacan and Derrida. This analogy ...
  • The aporetic interweaving of relativity and relativism in Derrida’s thinking 

    Hurst, Andrea (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: The connection between relativity and relativism both clarifies and is clarified by Derrida’s thinking. To show this, I shall first associate each term with compatible Derridean terms. “Economy”, “structure”, ...
  • Contingency and universality in the Habermas-Rorty debate 

    Van Niekerk, Anton (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: In this article the debate between Habermas and Rorty on the issue of relativism is discussed critically. Developments in Rorty’s position are pointed out, for example his current acceptance of the epithet ...
  • A critique of historicism 

    Clouser, Roy (University of the Free State, 2005)
    English: In this paper I consider some of the basic tenets of classic historicism as developed by thinkers such as Dilthey and Spengler, and find serious incoherencies with it as an epistemology. I then inquire as to whether ...