Tag Archives: South Africa

Thabo Mbeki and Haiti

  n 26 August 1789, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was adopted by the National Constituent Assembly in revolutionary Paris. The adoption of the Declaration has often been understood as a foundational moment in the development of the epoch in human history now often thought of as modernity. The […]

Snackwich Nation

  ravasan Pillay continues his series of columns on sandwiches and this time he’s talking snackwiches. One evening, a few months ago, I was struck by a serious craving for a cheese and tomato snackwich. You know the kind with the molten burn-the-roof-your-mouth stringy cheese, crispy, slightly oily outsides – all bordered by pleasingly crunchy […]

The Philosopher as Functionary: An Open Letter to David Benatar

  t is hard to overestimate the impact of the French student uprisings of May 1968 on the philosophy of the so-called post-68 generation, that group of politically awakened academics that included, among many others, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Michel Foucault, Alain Badiou and Jacques Ranciere. For these thinkers, some of whom were the most […]

25 Years Since Errol Tobias’ Debut Changed the Complexion of Springbok Rugby

  s debates about transformation in South African rugby rage, it is perhaps appropriate to recognize that last month’s incoming Ireland tour represented a significant anniversary in South African sport and a landmark in the country’s rugby history. In May and June 1981, when South Africa found itself a global sporting pariah because of the […]