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

Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2010

Ademola Kazeem Fayemi
Pages 19-47

Cultural Universals and Particulars in the Philosophy of Kwasi Wiredu: Some Comments

This paper seeks to advance the horizon of Kwasi Wiredu’s philosophical defense of the compatibility of cultural universals and particulars. Wiredu reflects on language, biological identity, inter/intra cultural communication, as well as epistemic and moral fundamentals as cultural universals. In pursuing further Wiredu’s thesis on cultural universals, the present paper critically examines some of the inconsistencies implicit in Wiredu’s position. As a consequence, the paper extends the frontiers of the realm of universals by establishing the plausibility of causality as another instance of a conceptual universal, transcending all cultural particularities.