Possible Futures, Now

by Tawana Kupe (Pretoria)

Drawing from both traditions, universities are trying understand how it was that science largely missed the signs of Covid’s coming, and so fulfil their obligation to secure the long-term future of humanity on this planet.

But they know, too, that the university must rise to the immediate challenges of global health, education and economic crises; job losses; poverty; and the overriding sense of uncertainty and insecurity. These all existed pre-Covid, of course, but the pandemic has aggravated each with knock-on effects.

Issue 119, December 2013

This issue brings together several essays in different fields of inquiry, from German Idealism to biopolitics. While they may appear to be disparate in their focus, the themes of autonomy, freedom, and identity nevertheless emerge as a common basic problematic. Rundell ventures into the arcane world of Fichte’s Science of Knowledge to plumb its depths…