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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2003

Sylvanus Ifeanyi Nnoruka
Pages 51-61
DOI: 10.5840/pcw200310219

Judgement in African Thought

Critical thinking plays a role in African judgement. Here, factors that influence judgement are: culture, communalism, wisdom of elders, revelation from the gods, and observation. Factors that obstruct judgement include: colonialism, modernization, and new religions. However, thanks to Kant's critical philosophy, only objectively valid knowledge is actually knowledge in African traditional thought.