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Epistemology from the African Point of View

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Abstract:

In the traditional African view, knowledge is not acquired by labor but "given" by the ancestors. Second, it is immediately social: not "I" know, but "we" know. Thirdly, knowledge is not universal but local tribal: other tribes have different knowledge. Knowledge has it "biological variations" like all other things in nature. The ensuing logic is worked out in this article. Modern African society, changed as it is by the advent of western thought, should be understood in the awareness of the conflicting nature of the two ideas of knowledge.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-07-01

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