Event Details

Event Details

  • The Department of Philosophy, Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria in collaboration with Karl Popper Critical Dialogue Group is happy to announce a call for paper for its upcoming philosophy conference tagged “Karl Popper for Africa International Conference” with the theme: Karl Popper, Knowledge and Politics in Contemporary Africa. The conference is to be held from March 28-31, 2019.

    Karl Popper was systematic in his emphasis upon criticism, deriving from that orientation not only a philosophy of science, but also a political philosophy and a philosophy of life. The present evaluation of Popper considers what kind of philosophy people might best address contemporary political problems,especially in politically very troubled parts of the world. To address these contemporary problems, especially as it relates to Africa,the political philosophy of Popper is suitable. The discussion of Popper’s political philosophy engages us directly with all the particularities of socioeconomic and political problems within contemporary Africa. In other words, it presents the truth of the present socio-political reality in Africa where the question of what kinds of political ideas and concepts can be offered as appropriate to a political environment, which so greatly faces facets of developmental issues.

    In contemporary Africa, there still exists systemic economic inefficiency, which allows room for endemic and pervasive corruption. Lack of accountability because of economic corruption is tantamount to a failure of intellectual openness.Popper argued that knowledge is inherently unpredictable, and that how a society is structured depends on the knowledge it acquires. A society that attempts to structure itself on a predictable evolutionary pattern engages in a utopian/large-scale social planning debacle. Such a society is not marked by rational intellectualism and democratic transformations. It is also a society that does not promote freedom, human rights, justice, free-market economy and accountability. Evidently, the institutional systems of such a society are often totalitarian. Such kinds of society promote a system which encourages the need to have a strong centralised rule.Popper’s alternative to all these is his insistence that social reform should be piecemeal, whichconstitutes a suitable model of liberal reconstruction of society. It gives room for Popper’s idea that government must respond piecemeal to societal problems in order to mitigate the societal evils that may accompany large-scale social planning. Popper’s philosophy is also relevant to Africa in his emphasis on knowledge and its mode of acquisition, especially bearing in mind that the 21st century is an age where development is largely determined, not by natural resources any longer, but by knowledge economy and digital revolution. There is, presently, in Africa a huge deficit in scientific knowledge, in comparison to many other parts of the world. Africa today is a continent where the scientific tradition is yet to take a firm root. Popper’s philosophy of science contains ideas that are capable of stimulating the needed discussion on how best to make scientific knowledge relevant to Africa’s quest for development inthe 21st century.
  • 3/28/19 at 12:00 AM -
    3/31/19 at 12:00 AM
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    Karl Popper Critical Dialogue Group
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