Karl Popper and Africa: Knowledge, Politics and Development

Editors: Afisi, Oseni Taiwo (Ed.)

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  • Highlights the critical juxtaposition of Popper’s ideas in a bid to make good sense of social and intellectual conditions in Africa
  • Provides a diverse contextualization of Popper’s critical rationalism concerning knowledge
  • Shows Popper’s generalized attitude of criticism on appropriate social and political reforms in contemporary Africa
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This book provides a diverse contextualization of Popper’s critical rationalism concerning knowledge and his generalized attitude of criticism on appropriate social and political reforms in contemporary Africa. The book evaluates how best to address contemporary political problems, especially in politically very troubled parts of the world. To address these contemporary problems, especially as it relates to Africa, the authors found the political philosophy of Popper as suitable.  The discussion of Popper’s political philosophy engages us directly with all the particularities of socio-economic and political problems within contemporary Africa. In other words, it presents the truth of the present socio-political reality in Africa where the question of what kinds of political ideas and concepts can be offered as appropriate to a political environment, which so greatly faces facets of developmental issues.

Although the issues and events that informed the writings of Popper’s The Poverty of Historicism as well as The Open Society and Its Enemies, were among others, the rise of fascism and communism in Europe, the inventiveness of this work is how happily scholars in non-liberal societies, such as in Africa, can pick up Popper’s insights and usefully work with them to offer appropriate social reforms for their society. This volume is a critical juxtaposition of Popper’s ideas in a bid to make good sense of social and intellectual conditions in Africa, particularly as it relates to the scale and speed of social change that is needed in most African nations that are often ridden by corruption. The book is suitable for studies in political philosophy, economic and development studies, African Studies and Indigenous Knowledge systems.

About the authors

Dr. Oseni Taiwo AFISI is current Head, Department of Philosophy, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria. His areas of competence include critical thinking, logic, political philosophy and Philosophy of science with a special interest in Karl Popper’s critical rationalism. He had his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He later proceeded to the University of Canterbury, New Zealand where he wrote his thesis on “Karl Popper’s Critical Rationalism and the Politics of Liberal-Communitarianism”, and obtained a PhD. degree in philosophy. He was a visiting academic to the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia in 2011. He has attended several conferences and has published widely in highly revered journals.


Table of contents (23 chapters)

Table of contents (23 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Karl Popper and Africa: Knowledge, Politics and Development
Editors
  • Oseni Taiwo Afisi
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-74214-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-74214-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-74213-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 270
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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