THE QUEST FOR COMMONALITIES IN RATIONALITY AND RESEARCH: COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND THE EMBODIMENT OF AFRICAN RATIONALITY

C. W. Du Toit

Abstract


In what way does research done in Africa differ from research done on other
continents – if at all? Should African rationality be distinguished from Western or
Eastern rationality? This article approaches the problem by linking African
rationality to African hermeneutics. African rationality is influenced by postcolonial
reactionism; it can be typified as holistic; embodied rationality; one with
the physical and social environment and as ethno-rationality. In order to find
commonalities between so-called different kinds of rationalities a recourse is taken
to cognitive science which stresses the bodily links of rationality. Some examples are
given from the work of Lakoff and Johnson and the way in which cognitive
metaphors operate in rationality. Cognitive rationality is proposed as common
ground to understand rationality and the way it influences research.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/88-0-993

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