Epistemology from the African Point of View
Author: Hamminga, Bert
Source: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Knowledge Cultures - Comparative Western and African Epistemology. Edited by Bert Hamminga , pp. 57-84(28)
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: 1 July 2005