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Imagine substituting leptons and quarks for gods and spirits

D. P. Veldsman
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 21, No 1 | a1188 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v21i1.1188 | © 2000 D. P. Veldsman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 2000 | Published: 06 August 2000

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Abstract

Guided by the conviction that an exhaustive exploration of features common to modern Western and traditional African thought should come before the enumeration of differences, it is argued that the general propositions that can be formulated on the nature and function of Western traditional thinking are highly relevant to traditional African thinking. Despite the fact that African worldview reflections are mostly in terms of the world of which “we are part”, and not the world where “we are inside”, which is common to Western reflection, a surprisingly fundamental similarity exists in the type of conceptuality employed as well as in the process of theory making.

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