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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

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CLOETE, Prof. M.. Allan Boesak: innocence and the struggle for humanity. Acta theol. [online]. 2016, vol.36, suppl.24, pp.17-42. ISSN 2309-9089.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v36i1.3s.

As a Black theologian and political activist, deeply committed to the cause of freedom, reconciliation and justice in South Africa, Allan Boesak has embraced the philosophy of Black consciousness as a legitimate moral-political foundation for the development of national unity. Boesak is of the view that post-apartheid South Africa is still deeply plagued by a racist legacy of moral-political "innocence". I explore the validity of Boesak's position from the perspective of his fundamental claim that the philosophy of Black Consciousness represents a legitimate framework for addressing the legacy of "innocence", construed by him as an epistemic condition that refuses to engage with the historical "truth" of race thinking.

Keywords : Black Consciousness; Innocence; Unity; Racism; Humanism; Non-violence.

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