Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya

Volume 2, Issue 1, June 2010

Reginald M.J. Oduor
Pages 87-118

Research Methodology in Philosophy within an Interdisciplinary and Commercialised African Context Guarding against Undue Influence from the Social Sciences

This paper argues that despite pressures to conform to the research methodology of the social sciences, African philosophers must diligently work for the preservation of the distinct character of philosophy as a discipline. To do this, they will have to move away from the debate on the existence and nature of African philosophy, and focus their efforts on the quest for a criterion by which to distinguish philosophical works from non-philosophical ones, regardless of where the works hail from. They will also have to be busy engaging in other aspects of philosophical reflection, so that their discipline may grow in an all-rounded manner, and so that the research methodology of philosophy may be manifest to scholars from other disciplines. Only then will philosophy make its unique contribution to interdisciplinary research in Africa and beyond.