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Title:What's it mean? 'analytic' African philosophy
Author:Hallen, BarryISNI
Year:1996
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Volume:10
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:67-77
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:philosophy
Philosophy, Psychology
Abstract:The most effective strategy African philosophy can employ to counter the tendency to assign African cultures a second-rate status on the universal scale of rationality is to challenge the Western philosophical paradigms of rationality that are responsible for this. To that end analytic philosophers concerned with Africa must engage in systematic presentations of African cognitive systems. The model or paradigm of cognition that might emerge could be different from that used to define 'rational' cognition in (Western) academic philosophy. It should now become possible for an African system of cognition, when sited in its own geographical, historical and social contexts, to be awarded just as high marks as Western alternatives when assessed as an instrument of explanation, prediction and control. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French (p. 66).
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