n Institute of African Studies Research Review - The conflict of the epistemologies in Turgenev's Russia and its resonance with the African intellectual crisis

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



Turgenev's is not only about a generational conflict; it also depicts a crisis in the paradigms of knowledge in nineteenth century Russia. While the nobility revel in the arts, letters and aesthetics, the nihilists dismiss them as romantic nonsense. For them the only worthwhile knowledge is that which has practical value and can be verified in the laboratory. This paper sifts the nuggets from the otherwise nihilist dross, and pushes the debate to the frontiers of the African experience insinuating the culpability of the dominant intellectual paradigms in perpetuating the continent's crisis of underdevelopment.

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