Journal of
Philosophy and Culture

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST
  • Abbreviation: J. Philos. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 0855-6660
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPC
  • Start Year: 2004
  • Published Articles: 40

Full Length Research Paper

African systems of thought: Whether they fit scientific knowledge

Aderajew Alem
  • Aderajew Alem
  • Department of Civic and Ethical Studies, Faculty of Social Science, School of Governance, Wollo University Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 08 November 2018
  •  Accepted: 14 January 2019
  •  Published: 31 May 2019

Abstract

This paper aims to show that in Africa there are thought systems that can have equivalent value with the scientific practices in the Western paradigmal system though it is not itself paradigmal. The Western thought system by its nature is exclusive for other traditions of scientific practice by its claim that science is deeply rational, universal and methodological. African scientific practices actually lack this method and universality because these scientific practices are found highly embedded in the culture and religion of different Africans. But these African scientific practices in most cases are as valid as and sometimes better than the so called Western science. For this we can raise the issue of African traditional medicine and Metallurgy among many other things. A qualitative method with secondary data sources like books, journal articles, and other papers is employed. The paper will explore in its first section the nature of African thought systems, in its second section it will discuss the nexus between African culture and its thought systems, then in the third section, it will see African religion and the thought systems.

 

Key words: Science, thought system, paradigm, Western science.