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Title:Cause and Effect Between Knowledge Traditions: Analyzing Statements That Address the Regression of Science and Technology in Ghana
Author:Lauer, Helen
Year:2004
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Issue:8
Pages:256-275
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:science
indigenous knowledge
Ethnic and Race Relations
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
science and technology
Technological literacy
Regression analysis
culture conflict
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406716
Abstract:Adaptation to a 'scientific world view' is supposed to be the key to the quality of modernization in Ghana. This leads to the conviction that the nation stays poor because its population fails to appreciate and utilize modern science and technology, because Akan culture defeats the flourishing of science and technology. The author argues that this account lacks historical fact and that it is rather the Western scientific tradition that has prevented the effective integration of the benefits of modern scientific method into indigenous African knowledge systems. This is not a thesis that readily avails itself of empirical test. The problem with it lies chiefly in the misuse of the category term 'knowledge tradition'. This term belongs to a chiefly normative or ethical discourse. This suggests that a phrase like 'conflicting knowledge traditions' may be meaningful only because it is a type of idiom that is not meant literally to describe an empirical cause-and-effect relation as such. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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