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  1.  9
    Colonial Legal Reasoning in the Post-Colonial African State.Ronald Olufemi Badru - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):11-39.
    This article focuses on legal reasoning and legal epistemology within the African context. It examines the system of legal justice in post-colonial Africa and submits that because of the colonial legacy, post-colonial African legal reasoning is methodologically founded on empiricism and positivism. It avers that despite its merit of scientific objectivity, such legal reasoning is largely incapable of addressing offences committed through the manipulation of metaphysical realities or other forms of covert criminalities and wrongdoing. Consequently, the article proposes that the (...)
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    Personhood in a Communitarian Context.Barry Hallen - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):1-10.
    Theories regarding the nature and achievement of personhood in a communitarian context appear to differ in significant respects in the writings of several contemporary African philosophers. Ifeanyi Menkiti seems to regard ethnic differences as sufficient to warrant a national accommodation of multiculturalism with respect to moralities and attendant beliefs. Kwasi Wiredu argues that there is a substantive universal moral principle that undercuts such apparent and relatively superficial diversity. Communitarianism also seems to provide a better framework for explaining how a human (...)
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  3.  6
    Climate Ethics and Policy in Africa.Workineh Kelbessa - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):41-84.
    In this article, I use case studies from some African countries to determine whether or not African climate management policies have been guided by ethical principles. I argue that although climate change is fundamentally an ethical issue, African policymakers have not paid sufficient attention to ethical principles in this regard. I argue that the major ethical principles embodied in different African traditions can assist African and non-African countries to address the challenges occasioned by climate change. Finally, I suggest that technological (...)
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    Reincarnation, Predestination and Moral Responsibility.H. M. Majeed - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):105-122.
    African scholars such as Bolaji Idowu and John Mbiti have argued that belief in reincarnation is alien to African thought. However, this article argues that an adequate understanding of the Ghanaian Akan culture points to the presence of reincarnation in Akan, and for that matter African, philosophy. Nevertheless, unlike in Indian philosophy, for instance, where reincarnation depends on the quality of an individual’s moral life and is a means of ensuring moral responsibility, in Akan philosophy reincarnation is not dependent on (...)
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    Editor’s Note.Reginald M. J. Oduor - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):1-6.
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    Eternal Damnation.Reginald M. J. Oduor - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):123-140.
    This article is a reply to Karori Mbugua’s article titled “The Problem of Hell Revisited: Towards a Gentler Theology of Hell”. The present article does not in any way seek to argue for or against the existence of eternal damnation. Instead, it advances the view that while Mbugua raises important philosophical issues around the question of eternal damnation, those questions deserve a more incisive treatment than Mbugua accorded them. The article further argues that as with all other matters touching on (...)
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    John Hick’s Philosophy of Religious Pluralism in the Context of Traditional Yoruba Religion.Olusegun Noah Olawoyin - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (2):85-103.
    This article is an interpretation of John Hick’s philosophy of religious pluralism in the context of traditional Yoruba religion. The ultimate goal of the article is pragmatic, viz. to provide a theoretical basis for peaceful coexistence among different religions in Nigeria. The methods adopted to achieve this objective are hermeneutical/analytical and comparative. Hick’s theory is interpreted and analysed before it is applied to traditional Yoruba theology. His concept of the Transcendent or Ultimate Reality is equated with the Yoruba concept of (...)
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  8. Critique of Nkrumah’s Philosophical Materialism.Emmanuel Ifeanyi Ani - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (1):1-30.
    Kwame Nkrumah invokes the doctrine of emergentism in the hope of reconciling theism - a tenacious part of the African worldview - with materialism. However, in this article I seek to show that this reconciliation is not only ultimately unsuccessful, but is actually impossible. Towards this end, I identify weaknesses in what I call the six argumentative pillars of Nkrumah’s theory of emergentism, namely, his arguments regarding the origin of the cosmic material, the primary reality of matter, idealism, categorial convertibility, (...)
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  9. Ethical Objections to Commercial Farming and Consumption of Genetically Modified Foods in Kenya.Kibaba Makokha & Winfred Kyalo - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (1):51-76.
    Food insecurity remains one of the most pressing problems of Third World countries. The causes of this predicament are varied, ranging from drought, inadequate farming methods, poverty, among others. The responses to famine, whenever it strikes in many of these countries, have also been varied, with the most popular one being appeals for food aid from wealthy individuals, corporate bodies and the international community. However, these initiatives have not been sustainable. The need for a permanent solution has attracted varied opinions. (...)
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  10. Kinship Structures and Social Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa.Alade Adetayo Oludare - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (1):31-49.
    A major obstacle to the development of sustainable democratic systems of government in contemporary sub-Saharan African states is the difficulty in articulating an adequate conception of social justice to serve as a guiding principle in these polities. This difficulty is a consequence of the ethnically heterogeneous character of most of these states. This article argues that while in traditional sub-Saharan African communities social justice is largely based on kinship relations, that traditional framework is too narrow to serve as the basis (...)
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  11. Jaber: Reflections on a Luo Aesthetic Expression.Odoch Pido - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (1):103-122.
    As a common expression, the Luo word jaber seems to be ordinary or even casual, yet it is a capsule of profound ideas within the context of Luo aesthetics. Jaber literally means “a person of beauty”: it is often used to describe females who have exceptional physical qualities that make them outstandingly attractive and deeply pleasurable to look at. The article advances the view that the term jaber offers us a key to understanding the aesthetics of the Luo of Kenya (...)
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  12. Mapping Out the Identity of African Arts and Aesthetics.Joseph Situma, Fred Atoh & Juma Ndohvu - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 7 (1):77-102.
    This article utilizes the hermeneutic theory of Paul Ricoeur and its concepts of text, historicity, distance, narrative and metaphor to map out the salient features of African arts and aesthetics. It also uses the Ricoeurian concept of metaphor to demarcate the boundary between art and popular art. The focus of this mapping out is literature, visual arts, music and art criticism. The identity of African literature bears imprints of various indigenous and foreign languages, and pertinent to Ricoeur, the deployment of (...)
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    Editor’s Note.Reginald M. J. Oduor - 2015 - Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya 6 (1):1-2.
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