Call for Assistance: The Collected Papers of D.C.S. Oosthuizen (1926-1969)

“All who knew D.C.S. Oosthuizen called him Daantjie. He was an influential and creative influence in South African philosophy, beginning with his 1949 cum laude M.A. thesis from the University of Stellenbosch (discussed in Andrew Nash’s paper ‘How Kierkegaard Came to Stellenbosch’).  He then studied in the Netherlands, first at the Free University and then at the City University, where he graduated again cum laude with a DPhil on Husserl. He also studied under Gilbert Ryle during sabbatical years in Oxford in 1962 and 1968.  He taught briefly at Stellenbosch and at the University of the Orange Free State, and led the philosophy department at Rhodes University from 1957 until his early death in 1969.  While there he initiated the journal ‘Occasional Papers’ which later developed into the ‘Philosophical Papers’ we know today.  He was more widely known in South Africa in the 1960’s for his talks and sermons on ethics, politics, culture, and faith under Apartheid, of which he was an early opponent – some of these were published by Ian Bunting in ‘The Ethics of Illegal Action’, SPROCAS/RAVAN, 1973.  He is remembered through an annual academic freedom lecture at Rhodes University.” (Thanks to James Moulder for this)

We are putting together Daantjie’s collected works, which we expect to be able to publish in 2014 – including both his technical philosophy and his more public work.

  • Do you have copies of talks, sermons, papers, or lectures by Daantjie?  We have copies of most papers that were published – and have recently been promised some additional unpublished papers written for Gilbert Ryle and Rom Harre in 1968 – but most of Daantjie’s unpublished work is currently lost.
  • Do you have memories or anecdotes related to Daantjie that they would be willing to share?  We have just started a site of memories and information at : please look.  We would be hugely grateful if you can help extend and improve it.
  • We are also looking urgently for a Husserl scholar who would find it a labour of love to translate a 6655 word paper on Husserl’s Constitution Problem from Afrikaans into English.  The reward for this would be largely spiritual (it should be a good paper!).  We would be happy for the translation to be published separately also, but have little to offer other than acknowledgement and gratitude.

If you have papers, memories or help to offer, or you just want us to let you know when the books are likely to be published, please email Jannie Oosthuizen at