n Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions - Postmodernism and the objectivity of the social sciences : an interrogative conversation with Augustine Atabor

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2276-8386
  • E-ISSN: 2408-5987



This very short piece is a succinct interrogative conversation of a thesis canvassed by Augustine A. Atabor in his article, "The Question of Objectivity, its Implications for the Social Sciences in the Era of Postmodernism: Africa in Perspective", published in the of this journal on (Volume 3, Number 2, July-December 2014, pp.50-61).

The article argues that postmodernism repudiates the objectivity of the social sciences or to use the author's words: "The paper accentuates the difficulty with postmodernism which tries to deny the possibility of objective truth in the social sciences" (2014, 50). By objectivity or objective truth, the author refers to "the state or quality of being true even outside of a subject's individual feelings, imaginations or interpretations... the ability to judge fairly without bias or external influence that occurs in a phenomenological way" (2014, 53). Necessarily, postmodernism has a lot to do with objectivity. As Atabor rightly underscores, postmodernism ultimately calls for "a philosophical and ontological intellectual practice that is non-dogmatic, tentative, and non-ideological" (2014, 54) and as such subjects all standpoints and conceptual schemes that claim to be the to incessant questioning.

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