International Journal of Political Science and Development

About us
Contact us
Publication Ethics
Submit paper
Author's guide
Current Issues
Join Review Board

International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 2(8), pp. 180 187, September, 2014.  

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2014.037

ISSN: 2360-784X






Rethinking the comparison between African and Western Philosophies


Abiodun Moses, Jinadu


Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria

.E-mail:  abbeyjinadu@yahoo.com.  Phone No.: +2348038462656


Accepted 22 September 2014




The major focus of this paper is to make a comparative analysis between African and Western Philosophies with a view to unravel some of the hidden truths in them as well as establishing that African philosophy is capable of being recognised as philosophy with its distinct nature, scope and contents. The paper equally emphasises that the distinctive elements in African philosophy such as proverbs, folktales and others are capable of being studied like its sister philosophies such as oriented and Western philosophies. The paper posits that African philosophy is not culture-bound as it is being studied in other continents of the world. It (the paper) construes that Africans must jettison any thought of cultural insularity and focus attention on becoming a part of the cultural interdependence that marks the global community today. It is imperative for African scholars not to seek after a romantic glorification of the African ‘unanalytic cast of mind` or anything that locks the African into the archival past, but rather there should be a conscious and critical appropriation of the relevant aspects of other cultures that are of great significance for modern living. The method of analysis was employed in developing this paper. The paper concludes that there should be a genuine and mutually symbiotic cultural interaction and exchange between the west and African given the reality of the globalisation phenomenon.

Keywords: Western philosophy, Rethinking, African philosophy


Cite This Article As: Jinadu AM (2014). Rethinking the comparison between African and Western Philosophies. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 2(8): 180-187.






Current Issue: September 2014


Submit Paper


Join Editorial Board


Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop.

  Vol. 2 No. 8

  Viewing options:

  • Reprint (PDF) (145k)

  Search Pubmed for articles by:


 Jinadu AM

  Other links:
  PubMed Citation
  Related articles in PubMed


Other Journals

International Journal of Economic and Business Management


International Journal  of Academic Research in Education and Review


Internation Journal of Academic Library and Information Science




International of Political Science and Development

© Academic Research Journals 2014/ Privacy Policy