Rethinking African Development: The Place of Philosophy
This paper aims at appraising the problem of development in Nigeria through critical philosophic reflection and discourse. We shall point out that, the internal, external and the genetic factors are not the absolute cause of underdevelopment in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. Development will be viewed within the context of self-reliance and human development. Philosophical tools shall be used to prosecute the problems of development and for charting out the way for progress. We shall point out that if development is couched in strict deterministic and scientific terms, then morality can be easily undermined. And if it is based on sheer material and economic terms it may breed avarice and widening the gap between the poor and the rich. The major purpose of this study is to propose philosophy as a necessary instrument for development and must not be neglected if any meaningful development is to take place and therefore recommend philosophy to all levels of education.
Keywords: Africa, Philosophy, Development, Technology