According to this view, the key to effectively addressing contemporary problems lies in reclaiming and revitalizing indigenous traditions that have been degraded and suppressed in the wake of colonialism. [...] thinkers who view the African past with varying levels of disdain and skepticism are often guilty of overemphasizing the scientific aspect of modernization at the expense of the political aspect.
Tradition and Modernity in Postcolonial African Philosophy Jay A. Ciaffa Gonzaga University The relationship between tradition and modernity has been a central theme of postcolonial African philosophy. While African philosophers have examined this theme from many angles, sev- eral basic questions have become the focus of ongoing debate and discussion: What is the relevance of indigenous African traditions to the challenges of contemporary life? Do traditional modes of thought and behavior constitute resources or impediments to the projects of development
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