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Title:Philosophical thinking and the concept of security in the contemporary African society
Authors:Badru, Ronald Olufemi
Eegunlusi, T.R.E.
Adewunmi, A.O.
Periodical:Contemporary Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0855-4412)
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:human security
national security
Abstract:The paper seeks to unpack the essentially contested concept of security, exposing its deep philosophical bases, for a better understanding of the concept by theorists involved in its interrogation. Relying on analytic and reflectively interrogative methods of social inquiry, the study has two inter-related objectives. First, it attempts to raise philosophically fundamental questions that border on the metaphysics, ethics, epistemology, and logic of security, which frame the concept of security. Second, drawing on the current security situation in Nigeria, the study attempts to connect those philosophically fundamental questions to the praxis, showing how either security deficit or gain could be promoted, depending on the answers to the philosophically fundamental questions. The authors state that there is a substantial security deficit in contemporary African societies because the philosophically fundamental questions involved in the concept of security have not been seriously considered and conscientiously addressed. The study concludes that it is when the issues framed in the questions are addressed that one would know what security truly is and the best practice for its promotion. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]