This article discusses aspects of Rick Turner’s life and thought based on the author’s relationship with Turner in the 1970s. It weaves together an apercu into Turner as a person with a reflection on where Turner stood in the intellectual milieu of South African in the 1970s. His basic orientation in philosophy was a commitment to the self-transcending subject of Sartre, and this is discussed in relation to The Eye of the Needle, psychoanalysis and the Althusserian repudiation of the subject, which had by then reached the South African left.
Peter Hudson is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. His areas of research interest are social and political theory and South African studies. Peter offers graduate courses in the area of post-Marxist theory. Recent major research publications include: ‘The concept of the subject in Laclau’ (Politikon, 2006), and ‘The state and the colonial unconscious’ (Social Dynamics, 2013). He is a past winner of the Wits Vice-Chancellor’s teaching award and has played an active role in the development of Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) – especially the theory seminar. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org