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    ‘An Answer to the Question: What is [Ubuntu]?'.Leonhard Praeg - 2008 - South African Journal of Philosophy 27 (4):367-385.
    An abstract, like the introduction, stands in a problematic relationship to the text. Written last but read first, it seeks to capture the essence of a text or at least, to draw the reader's attention to main and supportive arguments. But arguments don't necessarily unfold in terms of premises and conclusions, supportive and main arguments. When they don't, the idea of prefacing a text with an abstract and introduction becomes problematic. There is nothing new in this. Many philosophers, Hegel and (...)
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    Philosophy, and Teaching (as) Transformation.Leonhard Praeg - 2011 - South African Journal of Philosophy 30 (3):343-359.
    This paper explores a paradox constitutive of transformation discourse in South Africa: the transformation of a fragmented society presupposes the existence of a collective Will ; but the creation of a collective will can only result from a process of transformation. While politicians and higher education administrators debate how best to conceive and implement transformation, committed lecturers have to find ways of teaching the reality of that ideal full knowing that it is in part through teaching that this ideal is (...)
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  3. Creative Reconciliation: Conceptual and Practical Challenges From a Girardian Perspective.Cameron Thomson, Sandor Goodhart, Nadia Delicata, Jon Pahl, Sue-Anne Hess, Peter Smith, Eugene Webb, Frank Richardson, Kathryn Frost, Leonhard Praeg, Steve Moore, Rupa Menon, Duncan Morrow, Joel Hodge, Cynthia Stirbys, Angela Kiraly, Nikolaus Wandinger & Miguel de Las Casas Rolland - 2013 - Lexington Books.
    The contribution of this book to the field of reconciliation is both theoretical and practical, recognizing that good theory guides effective practice and practice is the ground for compelling theory. Using a Girardian hermeneutic as a starting point, a new conceptual Gestalt emerges in these essays, one not fully integrated in a formal way but showing a clear understanding of some of the challenges and possibilities for dealing with the deep divisions, enmity, hatred, and other effects of violence. By situating (...)
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  4. Rene Girard and Creative Reconciliation.Cameron Thomson, Sandor Goodhart, Nadia Delicata, Jon Pahl, Sue-Anne Hess, Peter Smith, Eugene Webb, Frank Richardson, Kathryn Frost, Leonhard Praeg, Steve Moore, Rupa Menon, Duncan Morrow, Joel Hodge, Cynthia Stirbys, Angela Kiraly, Nikolaus Wandinger & Miguel de Las Casas Rolland (eds.) - 2014 - Lexington Books.
    The contribution of this book to the field of reconciliation is both theoretical and practical, recognizing that good theory guides effective practice and practice is the ground for compelling theory. Using a Girardian hermeneutic as a starting point, a new conceptual Gestalt emerges in these essays, one not fully integrated in a formal way but showing a clear understanding of some of the challenges and possibilities for dealing with the deep divisions, enmity, hatred, and other effects of violence.
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    African Philosophy and the Quest for Autonomy: A Philosophical Investigation.Leonhard Praeg (ed.) - 2000 - Rodopi.
    As academic subject African philosophy is predominantly concerned with epistemology. It aims at re-presenting a lost body of authentic African thought. This apparently austere a-historical concern is framed by a grand narrative of liberation that cannot but politicise the quest for epistemological autonomy. By “politicise” I mean that the desire to re-cover an authentic African epistemology in order to establish African philosophy as autonomous subject, ironically re-iterates Western, enlightenment notions of the autonomous subject. Here, in the pursuit of an autonomous (...)
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    Of Evil and Other Figures of the Liminal.Leonhard Praeg - 2010 - Theory, Culture and Society 27 (5):107-134.
    Inspired by research on the Rwanda genocide and the decapitation, in July 2008, of a passenger on a Canadian Greyhound bus, this occasional paper explores the shared agitation with which we may respond to two seemingly disparate instances of evil such as these. Arguing against discontinuous claims that distinguish between pre- and post-metaphysical conceptions of evil pivoting around the figure of Kant, the article identifies three logics suggestive of continuity in Western thought on evil: negativity, functionalism and the messianic. Focusing (...)
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