Science and an African Logic

  • Auteur: Helen Verran
  • ISBN: 9780226853895
  • Date de sortie: 2001-12-15
  • Collection: University of Chicago Press
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Does 2 + 2 = 4? Ask almost anyone and they will unequivocally answer yes. A basic equation such as this seems the very definition of certainty, but is it? In this captivating book, Helen Verran addresses precisely that question by looking at how science, mathematics, and logic come to life in Yoruba primary schools. Drawing on her experience as a teacher in Nigeria, Verran describes how she went from the radical conclusion that logic and math are culturally relative, to determining what Westerners find so disconcerting about Yoruba logic, to a new understanding of all generalizing logic. She reveals that in contrast to the one-to-many model found in Western number systems, Yoruba thinking operates by figuring things as wholes and their parts. Quantity is not absolute but always relational. Certainty is derived not from abstract logic, but from cultural practices and associations. A powerful story of how one woman's investigation in this everday situation led to extraordinary conclusions about the nature of numbers, generalization, and certainty, this book will be a signal contribution to philosophy, anthropology of science, and education.


  • Auteur: Henry John Drewal
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 1989
  • Collection: Harry N Abrams Inc
  • Total Download: 4273
  • Total Read: 8833

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Looks at the ritualistic art, religious writings, and philosophy of the Yoruba people in Africa

Studies in the Theology and Sociology of Yoruba Indigenous Religion

  • Auteur: E. O. Babalola
  • ISBN:
  • Date de sortie: 2002
  • Collection:
  • Total Download: 1466
  • Total Read: 5793

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The Yoruba of West Africa

  • Auteur: Jamie Hetfield
  • ISBN: 9780823923328
  • Date de sortie: 1996-01
  • Collection: The Rosen Publishing Group
  • Total Download: 6169
  • Total Read: 8351

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Many Yoruba from West Africa were brought to the Americas as slaves. Their culture has powerfully influenced the religion, art, and cuisine of our country. Kids will be fascinated to discover the roots of so many traditions.

Yoruba Myths

  • Auteur: Ulli Beier
  • ISBN: 9780521229951
  • Date de sortie: 1980-10-02
  • Collection: CUP Archive
  • Total Download: 1128
  • Total Read: 1999

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This mysterious, poetic and often amusing collection of myths illustrates the religion and thought of the West African Yoruba People.

A Grammar of Yoruba

  • Auteur: Ayo Bamgbose
  • ISBN: 0521073650
  • Date de sortie: 2010
  • Collection: Cambridge University Press
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Yoruba, a major West African language spoken by over twelve million people, has had so much scholarly attention before the release of this 1966 work, but no extensive descriptive grammar had ever been published. Dr Ayo Bamgbose therefore made a major contribution to the study of language. This descriptive grammar derives from a large body of written and spoken texts in Standard Yoruba. In order to avoid the faulta of traditional grammars, this study has been deliberately based on a structural theory, using Halliday's Scale and Category model. Dr Bamgbose's study of Yoruba was the first full-length exemplification of this theory to be published, and will continue to be of interest to general linguists as well as to specialists in West African languages and Yoruba scholars.

Kingdoms of the Yoruba

  • Auteur: Robert Sydney Smith
  • ISBN: 9780299116040
  • Date de sortie: 1988
  • Collection: Univ of Wisconsin Press
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This third edition of what has been described as "this minor classic" has been extensively revised to take account of advances in Nigerian historiography. The twenty million Yorubas are one of the largest and most important groups of people on the African continent. Historically they were organized in a series of autonomous kingdoms and their past is richly recorded in oral tradition and archaeology. From the fifteenth century onwards there are descriptions by visitors and from the nineteenth century there are abundant official reports from administrators and missionaries. Yoruba sculpture in stone, metal, ivory, and wood is famous. Less well-known are the elaborate and carefully designed constitutional forms which were evolved in the separate kingdoms, the methods of warfare and diplomacy, the oral literature, and the religion based on the worship of a "high god" surrounded by a pantheon of more accessible deities. Many of these aspects are shown in the drawings and photographs which have been used--for the first time--to illustrate this distinguished work.
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