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A critical analysis of the contribution of selected Shona proverbs to Applied Philosophy

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dc.contributor.advisor Ramose, Mogobe B.
dc.contributor.advisor Mungwini, P. Gwaravanda, Ephraim Taurai 2016-07-11T14:28:36Z 2016-07-11T14:28:36Z 2016-01
dc.identifier.citation Gwaravanda, Ephraim Taurai (2016) Critical analysis of the contribution of selected Shona proverbs to Applied Psychology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The research focuses on the epistemic tension between Western positivist epistemology and African indigenous knowledge systems particularly Shona proverbs. The research argues that Western epistemological hegemony is both unjustified and unacceptable in the context of the pluriversal understanding of knowledge where systems of knowledge are both multiple and diverse. After a critique of Eurocentric thinking, the research defends an African epistemological paradigm that emerges as an alternative framework for the authentic and legitimate study of African knowledge systems and ways of knowing. The approach opens intellectual space for the philosophical study of Shona proverbs. Under Shona environmental philosophy, it shall be argued that ubuntu respects all aspects of the environment, recognizes the dependence of human beings on the environment, sees the land as sacred and affords responsibility for future generations by encouraging the preservation and conservation of resources. Three Shona proverbs have been used to show how the Shona think about preservation of natural resources, conservation of natural resources and the interdependence between humanity and the natural world. In the context of Shona philosophy of law, it is argued that ubuntu provides the basis of a coherent philosophy of law among the Shona. Shona philosophy of law is a reflection of legal elements and the study draws these elements from selected proverbs. These proverbs have been used to show the metaphysical basis of Shona legal philosophy, the role of the law in protecting the dignity of individuals and the importance of the law in peace building within the community. Concerning political philosophy, the study has argued that ubuntu is the political foundation of solidarity, oneness and mutual support in politics. Shona political philosophy stresses coexistence and relatedness (ukama) within the community. Shona political philosophy maintains that authority should be guided by respect, good governance, solidarity and peace. Under Shona philosophy of economics, themes of human dignity, respect for hard work and the need for moderation in the desire for money are discussed in the context of the Shona philosophical worldview. The proverbs under study contribute to alternative ways of philosophical reflection in the context of the pluriversality of knowledge en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 244 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Epistemological paradigm en
dc.subject Afrocentricity en
dc.subject Pluriversality en
dc.subject Ubuntu en
dc.subject Shona proverbs en
dc.subject Community en
dc.subject Environmental philosophy en
dc.subject Philosophy of law en
dc.subject Political philosophy en
dc.subject Philosophy of economics en
dc.subject.ddc 199.6891
dc.subject.lcsh Shona (African people) -- Folklore
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy, Sotho
dc.subject.lcsh Shona (African people) -- Zimbabwe -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Humanity -- Philosophy
dc.subject.lcsh Ubuntu (Philosophy)
dc.subject.lcsh Afrocentrism (Philosophy)
dc.subject.lcsh Proverbs -- Shona -- History and criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Knowledge, Theory of -- Zimbabwe
dc.title A critical analysis of the contribution of selected Shona proverbs to Applied Philosophy en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology en D.Litt et Phil. (Philosophy)

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