Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2019)
A critical exposition of the logical roles of proverbs in Igbo (African) language and thought
Author(s): Enyimba Maduka
Abstract: Proverbs have embedded logical principles which manifest in the use of words in a particular language, and also reveal the structure of language in a philosophical discourse. This explains why proverbs are conceived, among the Igbo speaking people of West Africa, as the oil with which words are eaten. This implies among other things that; proverbs are used to communicate truth about reality in a given culture. Using the Igbo proverbs as reference point, I argue from the point of view of natural logic that the African who is skillful in the use of proverbs is a master of the logic of the language of his thought and hence, logical in the interpretation of reality in his philosophical place. Employing the method of exposition, critical analysis and deduction, I present strong evidence to show that contemporary African philosophers of language need to investigate the logical principles embedded in African proverbs as part of the ongoing hermeneutical project. This paper is one of such attempts.
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