Answer to Question #207328 in Law for theodore

Question #207328

What are the relevant sub-branches of philosophical sagacity


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2021-06-22T14:29:03-0400

Philosophic sagacity is a concept developed by Odera Oruka, a philosopher. Oruka used the term to explain that there were logical and critical African individuals in pre-colonial Africa, and because of the depth of their reasoning, they were philosophers and their reflections philosophical. Philosophic sagacity “implicitly rejects the holistic approach to African philosophy” that characterizes ethno-philosophy. It does not encourage looking at the general worldviews, customs, folktales and beliefs of a people. Instead, it is “that philosophy that is derived from the thinking or the thought of wise persons.” There are two ways of approaching philosophic sagacity. First, the professional philosopher can visit the rural areas and identify people reputed for their wisdom and knowledge of African culture. The second approach that was used by Odera Oruka and his team. They recorded the philosophy of individual Kenyan sages who were uninfluenced by modern education. Oruka and his team were not recording the “common thought of the Kenyan Luo tribe” but ideas of particular individual philosophers.

 


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