Turner was born in Cape Town on 25 September 1941. He grew up in Stellenbosch and completed an Honours degree in philosophy at the University of Cape Town in 1963. He married Barbara Hubbard in 1964.
In 1966 he earned a doctorate at the Sorbonne with a thesis on the political philosophy of Jean Paul Sartre. Observing the nascent French student movement convinced him that students could wield genuine power. He returned to South Africa and took up a series... read more