Before we can delve into the meaning of the terms— right, duty, obligation,and its allied responsibility, let us carry out a brief survey of what is meant by ethics or science of morality. He was an amazing professor and an inspiration to many. Currently there is an increasing movement for the establishment 5 of an African legal system or jurisprudence which will be based upon not only what the law is positive law but also what the law ought to be African public moral values. For Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Gyekye 1988 , the individual, although originating from and inextricably bound to his family and community, nevertheless possesses a clear concept of himself as a distinct person of volition. He was one of our keynote speakers at the 2013 1st Kisii University Annual International Interdisciplinary conference where he impressed. Time management in an interpretation assignment is synonymous to professional work.
The extended family had certain functions to perform, for instance, to reconcile couples at loggerheads with each other, but this is no longer the case. If I steal from my neighbour, for example, I could get legal positive measures as punishment. The word ethics comes from the Greek root word — ethos-? He was 79 years old at the time of his passing. Nyasani was more than just an uncle, employer, grandfather and mentor to me. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. So, for the sake of not giving legitimacy to broad cultural generalizations, which the detractors say will most likely be misused to oppress or persecute a particular group, all efforts in the social sciences to identify and study core cultural traits and make cross cultural comparisons in search of broad patterns of cultural adaptation are condemned and rejected. In otherwords, we are talking about a moral power that makes a law of society to b enforceable.
Concerning the impact of foreign socioeconomic ideology, Gyekye 1988 argues that preeminent African leaders such as Senghor, Nyerere and Nkrumah, all of whom underwent advanced Western education, incorrectly regarded Western socialism to be compatible with traditional African communalism. Regrettably, however, the African scholars surveyed sometimes use what is normally regarded to be social scientific terminology in making reference to what they regard to be widespread African psychological and cultural characteristics, yet do not clearly define or qualify such usage. A moral duty and a legal duty could coincide in the burden imposed upon the individual citizen. Nyasani broke a 300-year record by writing his dissertation in Latin while doing his doctorate degree in Germany in 1963. Once, a stray dog was brought home and we had to adopt it by force, since Dad loved it. Without a mosaic national culture that provides room for co-existence, there cannot be an inclusive political philosophy that allows all to become stake holders in government. Prof Nyasani, who is married with children, worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York as Political Affairs Officer in the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs in 1971 before becoming an associate Professor at the City University of New York in 1973.
Conceptually considered, a right is a moral power that a person possesses to do something, to keep something and to exact something from another so long as the action is not in violation of the law or any attendant obligation. It also prohibits independent cross-cultural comparison and verification of their generalizations and persuasive assertions. However, the work of African scholars outside the social sciences, such as that surveyed here, suggests that it is time to reintroduce culture and personality and cultural adaptation studies of contemporary populations into the social science mainstream. After his Cambridge Secondary Education in 1957 at a seminary in Kakamega, he was picked by Catholic bishop Fredrick Holl to be part of 20 Kenyan students who went to study for priesthood in Kampala, Uganda in 1958. Patrick Maison Dikirr Technical University of Kenya later took philosophy up to PhD level and now lecturing in many universities.
This paper has made an attempt to move discussion and debate in this direction. For Mugambi it is only from aggressively addressing the practical problems found within African nations that improvements in Africa can be made. Most of the writers effectively argue that there is a widespread pattern of social and cultural maladaptation within African societies evidenced by continuing national development under-achievement and less than optimal regional socioeconomic integration. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. Nyasani was admitted at the Aga Khan Hospital as a result of liver, kidney, and heart complications. But in a legal sense, a right translates into? Mwale believes that a true renaissance can only be said to have occurred when fundamental changes in how African societies operate have taken place. Kenyan theology professor John S.
What Ellis describes for the humanities is also true for Western social science, at least where culture and personality studies are concerned. Sawubona, December 1997, page 37. She was the main visual model for Sui's fragrancefor both print and video. Mr Ontita stole a bar stool. Prof Nyasani, who is married with children, worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York as Political Affairs Officer in the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs in 1971 before becoming an associate Professor at the City University of New York in 1973. A Kenyan enigma and scholar, Prof. He did not take anything one said at face value.
This, he says, resulted in self-loathing among Africans. The african origin of civilization: Myth or reality? I spent time with him as his personal aide across board in most cases past midnight. He thought that philosophy should be made compulsory in all universities, like was the case in ancient Europe and most American universities, in order for people to arrive at logical answers. Joseph Nyasani By Maurice N. He spoke fluently in English, Latin, German, Italian, French, Dutch, Kiswahili and Spanish, not to mention Ekegusii. This is of concern because the high intellectual status of the writers legitimizes such usage. As a Philosopher myself, i have shared in his greatness through his many critical ideas and quintessential deconstructionist academic stature.
During the late 1950s and 1960s, national character and typical personality studies were broadly condemned, breathed their last gasp, and were ultimately relegated to the dustbin of bad social science. For example, Kenyan medical doctor and author Kihumbu Thairu 1975 offers a personally challenging approach that focuses on the need for Africans to rediscover who they are, independent of their assimilated Western values and ways of thinking and behaving. A study of population and development. Joseph Nyasani in his library cum study room during an interview with the Sunday Standard at his home in Nairobi. Some of his latest publications include Philosophy of Development, Life and Death in Africa, Philosophy of Nature, Philosophical Focus on Thought Systems in Development, Legal philosophy, British Massacre of Gusii Freedom Defenders and Metaphysics of the Cosmos and Related Recurrent Issues of Metaphysics.
Nyasani, renowned University Scholar, author, educationist, media personality and public servant, will be remembered in the world of academia as a scholar who at the time of his death had forty one 41 publications titles to his name. This, he says, will bring into the open pan-African cultural similarities, promote more widespread understanding and tolerance on the continent, and contribute to greater overall African unity. He pronounced words with deliberate flare and academic exuberance. He lived with a bullet lodged in his head till he passed away on February 5th, 2016. Still other important works by African scholars addressing these topics should have have also included in the review but were omitted due to their not being readily available to the author in Africa when this project began.