chapter  7
26 Pages

Marxism and Dialectic, from Sharpeville to the Negotiated Settlement

Breytenbach’s reconstruction of dialectic, begun in solitary confi nement in Pretoria Central Prison, was so unusual a moment in South African political and intellectual life that it is surprising to discover its many parallels with another initiative, undertaken in the same years, and similarly unnoticed since then: the still unpublished philosophical work on dialectic of Richard Turner, who was then living in Durban under the restrictions of a banning order. Even more striking than the parallels between the two projects are those between the lives which led up to that rethinking of dialectic, and of which those projects formed an integral part.