n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - Rationality in African philosophy : a critical reflection
|Article Title||Rationality in African philosophy : a critical reflection|
|© Publisher:||UZ Foundation|
|Journal||Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||1 - 13|
|Keyword(s)||African philosophy, Discourse, Postmodernism and Rationality|
In this essay I explore some of the ramifications that the Western discourse of postmodernism may have on the notion of rationality in African philosophy and indigenous African knowledge systems in general. I conclude by arguing that the merits of such a discourse include its acknowledgment of alternative forms of reasoning and their accompanying cultural expressions; its insistence that knowledge production is not independent of moral and political value; its grounding of rationality in social relations; and, its recognition of the role of commitment, caring and feeling in rationality - all of which speak of the true essence of indigenous African knowledge systems.
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