How Not to Compare African Traditional Thought with Western Thought

  title={How Not to Compare African Traditional Thought with Western Thought},
  author={J. E. Wiredu},
  journal={Transition: An International Review},
  • J. Wiredu
  • Published 1997
  • Education
  • Transition: An International Review
ManyWesterners have been puzzled by the virtual ubiquity of gods and spirits in traditional African explanations of things. Robin Horton, the Western anthropologist, has suggested that this failure of understanding is partly attributable to the fact that many Western anthropologists "have been unfamiliar with the theoretical thinking of their own culture."l I would like to suggest that a much more significant reason is that they have also been unfamiliar with the folk thought of their own… 

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