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Title:Conscience, morality and social acceptability in an African culture
Author:Ebijuwa, T.
Year:1995
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Volume:9-10
Issue:2-1
Pages:87-98
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
Nigeria
Subjects:norms
Yoruba
Philosophy, Psychology
culture
philosophy
Conscience
ethics
Yoruba (African people)
Abstract:Conscience ('r-okn') is the ultimate moral authority in Yorb thought (Nigeria). A well-developed conscience usually leads to good character ('w rere'), which is essential for social acceptability in Yorb society. Conscience enables individual choice and the achievement of good social relations and human solidarity without the use of coercion. Conscience is developed in a person through tradition, the family and certain social institutions. Any attempt to create a moral atmosphere in any society without the proper cultivation of conscience is bound to fail. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French (p. 86).
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