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Title:Political theory and national involvement in East Africa
Author:Mazrui, Ali A.ISNI
Year:1969
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Volume:9
Issue:36
Pages:515-526
Language:English
Geographic term:East Africa
Subject:politics
Link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1969.3180
Abstract:Departing from an article in Time (July 26, 1968), which criticised Makerere for alleged insensitivity to the real (practical) needs of East Africa, the author discusses the issue raised by Time in its relevance to political theory. Arguing that the balanced growth of a university in Africa is sometimes threatened by two mystiques - 1. of practicality, 2. of science and scientism - he concludes: The duty of political science to itself may indeed lie in following the mystique of science. But the duty of political science to society may lie in raising the level of evaluation as between priorities and deepening the language of political discourse. This is to follow the mystique of practicality. And for that mystique normative political theory has a critical significance. Notes.
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