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Towards a New Humanism

“Why do we simply fail to establish a more human society in South Africa?  In spite of lofty expectations of a “better life for all”, of the restoration of human dignity, of a society free from discrimination, inequality, racism, sexism, corruption, self-enrichment and fear, we, in 2010, apparently are further removed from this ideal than in 1994.

Human lives seem rather to have become cheaper. Selfishness, corruption and self-enrichment flourish and new forms of discrimination are coming to the fore. The excitement of a new beginning has begun to make way for the disillusioning realisation that large sections of the old dispensation are stubbornly maintained and that the errors of the past are being repeated.

The question concerning where things went wrong and how a more human society can be brought about in practice in South Africa is one of the country’s greatest challenges.”

[SU Researchers: Paul Cilliers, Jannie Hofmeyr, Bernard Lategan.]


Fellows involved in this project

South Africa

Related publications

Book/Book Chapter

John De Gruchy (editor). 2011. The Humanist Imperative in South Africa. SUN MeDIA.

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