Twenty years after the end of apartheid rule, the claim that
democratic South Africa is founded on the 'spirit of law' (nomos)
of our shared humanity is questionable, to say the least. Some
would argue that all talk of Ubuntu (or African humanism) should be
dismissed as a passing fad of an exhausted nationalism. But, a
different response to the present is possible; one that proceeds
from a temporary suspension (epoche) of the nationalist matrix, and
all the dead-end questions that have resulted from it, in order to
reposition Ubuntu in the more cosmopolitan terms of a critical
humanism that must always remain irreducible to the politics of the
day. As discussed in this book, this is a project that has to
return to, in order to retrace, the founding claim that a politics
premised on our shared humanity is, after all, perhaps possible.
University of KwaZulu-Natal Press
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