A PHILOSOPHICAL REVIEW OF JARED DIAMOND’S UNIVERSAL HISTORY AND AFRICAN CONDITION

AUTHOR: ASOANYA, FRANCIS OBINNA

DEPARTMENT: PHILOSOPHY

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

Africa’s underdevelopment has been blamed on the West as the major cause of African condition because of their role in the Slave-trade and colonialism. Consequently, they are more developed than Africa, a continent that has been tagged a Dark Continent. This creates a problem where even some of our fellow Africans agree that they are inferior to the developed countries; thus creating an identity crisis among Africans between those that believe they are inferior and those that disagree with them. This thesis investigates the major cause of this gap between Africa and the developed economies, and looks far beyond the immediate past but to the remotest past of our history to get answers that address the issue of the disparity among races. This issue was extensively researched on by Jared Diamond who asserted that the major gap noticed between the developed countries and the developing countries was caused ultimately by the accidents of geography and biogeography, and not as a result of any biological difference between the two. This was discussed in his research work on the universal history entitled Guns, Germs and Steel, the Fates of the Human Societies. Hence, arguing from the idea of Diamond, this thesis tries to review this claim philosophically and then find out its implication for Africa. This work, through the method of critical evaluation, came to the conclusion that African condition was caused by both environmental conditions and political instability in Africa. This work offers some possible way forward for Africa ranging from economy to politics and ideology.

TO VIEW THE FULL CONTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT, VISIT THE UNIZIK LIBRARY WEBSITE USING THIS LINK, http://www.naulibrary.org/dglibrary/admin/book_directory/Thesis/10924.pdf

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: