Wine Farming, Heresy Trials and the Stellenbosch Philosophical Tradition
During the fi rst decades of the 20th century, the dialectical tradition in South Africa existed in fragmented and submerged form. Its characteristic themes were articulated by individuals, such as those discussed in the previous chapter, who held widely differing political and theological beliefs. To the extent that there was any common perspective on the issues of their own time, this was provided by a moral critique of British imperialism, which tended towards a critique of the linear philosophy of history used to legitimate the growth of Empire. They believed that the Empire did not live up to its own world-historical claims, and questioned in varying degrees the coherence of the claims themselves.