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Witchcraft, Science, and the Paranormal in Contemporary African Philosophy

Albert Mosley

in African Philosophy

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195114409
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785827 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019511440X.003.0008
 Witchcraft, Science, and the Paranormal in Contemporary African Philosophy

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This essay explores the traditional African philosophical foundations that gave rise to current perspectives on the supernatural within contemporary African philosophical thought. It rejects the comparative Western tenet that while Western ontology is grounded on facts about nature, traditional African ontology is rooted in metaphysical fantasy. Critiquing African ontology outside the contextual framework that gives it structure and meaning will result in unjustifiable biases.

Keywords: African philosophy; supernatural; metaphysics; paranormal; witchcraft; ontology

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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