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Rationality In African Philosophy: A Critical Reflection

P Higgs


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.

Keywords:Rationality, postmodernism, African philosophy, discourse.

Indilinga Vol. 6 (1) 2007 pp. 1-13