THE DOMAIN OF ANALYTIC METHOD IN AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY: AN EVALUATION.

  • Bartholomew Nnaemedo

Abstract

In their efforts to unravel the nature of reality, some African thinkers have employed various methods, some of which are Western in origin. Incorporation of Western approach for some is a welcome development while for others it is neo-intellectual imperialism and colonization. The proponents of re-appropriation sue for conformity of a given method with the rules governing scientific method as a criterion for the validity of any given approach. This paper while aligning with the conformists or the re-appropriationists, probes into analytic method to ascertain its prospects and limitations for African philosophy. It raises the question about the possibility or impossibility of studying African philosophy with paraphernalia that is solely empirical in its operation given the fact that African philosophy uses African worldview as a matrix. Thus, it concludes that though analytic method has some values for African philosophy, it cannot permit a comprehensive access to reality from African perspective. It is also a poor tool of rational inquiry from an African context. The paper affirms that African philosophy requires empirico-metaphysical method.

Published
2019-02-05
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