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Title: African systems of thought and scientific knowledge
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Setargew kenaw (PhD)
Aderajew, alem
Keywords: Traditional Science,Traditional medicine
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: The thesis explores the nature of African systems of thought and their relation with scientific knowledge. These thought systems can be manifested in different practices in Africa. Some of them are religious and spiritual, others are also magico-religious and most others are scientific practices. By each one of these practices, Africans since antiquity are being supported and lead their lives. We can see, like medical practices of traditional African healers among other notable practices. But despite this fact, many scholars and thinkers both abroad and inside Africa have no inspiring and positive views about the meaningful efforts of Africans in areas of science and also philosophy. But I found that Africa does not deserve at least this derogatory labeling for all thought systems as mere superstition and magic, because it is the granary of different important scientific practices that have equal and sometimes better validity than the Western modern scientific practices in some areas like medicine. Therefore, this leads us to the idea that African efforts for science and technology is left aside and instead the spiritual and magical activities are taken to the center as the major bodies of thought of Africans. So, in this thesis, I argued that there are valid and effective scientific practices both in the Ancient and the present times although there has been many influences from the Western culture and science. i
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