A REFLECTION ON THE QUESTION OF OBJECTIVITY AND RATIONALITY OF INDIGENOUS AFRICAN SCIENCE
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Indigenous African Science, Objectivity, Rationality.

Abstract

We argued in this paper that indigenous African science is not primitive and unreal as it has been tagged or celebrated by the Europeans and some African thinkers. The mentality that African science is not a science because it is not empirical, objective and falsifiable is the reason why African science is not thriving. The arrival of the Europeans with their cultural, scientific and religious background, made African science to be seen as irrational, superstitious, unscientific, barbaric, juju or witchcraft, than a body of knowledge which helps in explaining the rationality of the African experiences, thoughts and realities. This has hunted and in no minimal way, brought set back to the indigenous African science and its practitioners, within and outside urban metropolis. Today, those that associate themselves with the indigenous African science are frowned at, as it is seen as a taboo and an archaic practice with no objectivity. This no doubt, has contributed immensely to the low level of patronage; the indigenous African scientists have, in the recent time. Our aim in this paper is to demonstrate that scientific activities, irrespective of practicality, race, colour and ethnicity are found in all human societies. Science as a human and cultural activity may vary from society to the other methodologically, but the sole aim of it, be it practical or metaphysical is to explain realities or experiences of people in a given society. To say that African science is not objective, logical and rational, as held by the Europeans, just because its methodology is different from that of Western science, amounts to futility, epistemic injustice and disrespect to African styles of life.

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