Title: The Passion for Reason
Subtitle: Essays in Honour of Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert
Authors: Alfred Lemaitre; Rudolf Gouws; Breyten Breytenbach; Jannie Gagiano; Alex Boraine; Heribert Adam; Kogila Moodley; Theodor Hanf; Hermann Giliomee; Ken Owen; Max du Preez; Wilmot James; Michael Savage; Virginia van der Vliet; David Welsh; Rhoda Kadalie; Errol Moorcroft; Tania Slabbert; Riko Slabbert
Publisher: Jonathan Ball
Cape Town, South Africa 2010
ISBN 9781868423774 / ISBN 978-1-86842-377-4
Hardcover, 14 x 19 cm, 200 pages
For decades, Frederik van Zyl Slabbert has been one of South Africa's towering public figures. As an academic, politician, thinker and businessman, Slabbert has made an enduring contribution to many fields, playing a critical role in the transition to democracy and in the creation and building of civil society institutions. As the leader of the official opposition, he fought in Parliament against the apartheid system. As one of the co-founders of IDASA, he led a group of Afrikaners on the historic 1987 trip to Dakar to meet the ANC in exile. With the advent of democracy, he became the founding chair of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, deepening a lifelong commitment to the freedom of the individual and the consolidation of democratic governance in South Africa. The Passion for Reason. Essays in Honour of Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert is a celebration of his life and achievements, bringing together leading writers, academics, commentators and friends, who reflect critically on his life and work over the years. The book includes essays, recollections and contributions by Rudolf Gouws; Breyten Breytenbach; Jannie Gagiano; Alex Boraine; Heribert Adam and Kogila Moodley; Theodor Hanf; Hermann Giliomee; Ken Owen; Max du Preez; Wilmot James; Michael Savage; Virginia van der Vliet & David Welsh; Rhoda Kadalie; Errol Moorcroft and his children Tania and Riko Slabbert.