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Rafael Winkler

Rafael Winkler

Rafael Winkler is an associate professor in the philosophy department at the University of Johannesburg.
    The end of the world is nigh – but we can stop it
    The end of the world is nigh – but we can stop it
    It is hard to stay deaf to the religious overtones of the current talk on climate change and biodiversity loss. The environmentalist talks about an...
    Communitarian ideals in capitalist workplaces
    Communitarian ideals in capitalist workplaces
    I have been wondering whether the differences between the libertarian and the communitarian have become merely academic or are still substantive...
    Notre-Dame blaze a symbol of the transience of ‘civilisation’
    Notre-Dame blaze a symbol of the transience of ‘civilisation’
    The fire that destroyed a large part of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris — a symbol of the French nation — was seen by all in the...
    Risking all defies the laws of economics
    Risking all defies the laws of economics
    A social revolution is, in many circumstances, started by something small. Something that was said or done that to all appearances was of no...
    Universities in the neoliberal age
    Universities in the neoliberal age
    Many of the students I have taught in Britain and South Africa see higher education as a place where they “invest” in themselves in the...
    The intolerable loss of dignity
    The intolerable loss of dignity
    I attended a talk the other day on the dignity of the elderly at the institution where I work. The speaker argued that dignity is a foundational...
    ‘Don’t objectify black people through white guilt’
    ‘Don’t objectify black people through white guilt’
    COMMENTIn a piece published in the Mail & Guardian (“So who has the right to speak about identity? February 10), I raised what had...
    Who has authority to talk about identity?
    Who has authority to talk about identity?
    The philosophical community of South Africa was rocked by allegations of racism at the annual meeting of the Philosophical Society of South Africa...
    Israel, Gaza and the Jewish community
    Israel, Gaza and the Jewish community
    The war in Gaza is now in its fourth week of operation. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on July 16 that four children were killed by...