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: 49

Article in Press

A Critical Survey Of Causality And Witchcraft In Igbo Traditional Thought System

Ejeh Paulinus Chikwado

  •  Received: 11 November 2020
  •  Accepted: 27 September 2021
The problem of causality and witchcraft is a central issue in African metaphysics. The fundamental question that looms at the horizon of this piece is: what is the concept of causality in African ontology? This paper studies the dimensions of causality in African ontology and discovers, using the historical, analytic and evaluative methods of enquiry, that for the African, the world is an ordered universe in which all events are caused and potentially explicable. The African does not just speak of mechanical, chemical and psychological interactions like her western counterparts; rather she speaks of a metaphysical kind of causality, which binds the creator to the creature; the seen world to the unseen world; the spiritual to the physical. Thus, this paper shows witchcraft as a model of explanation in Igbo thought system.

Keywords: Causality, Witchcraft, Igbo, Tradition, Belief