Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(1), pp. 721-729 January 2011        
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Review

A comparative analysis of causality in Buddhism and African philosophy 

Chris O. Akpan 

Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar, Calabar- Nigeria.

Email: akpankris001@yahoo.co.uk

Received 12 September, 2010; Accepted 08 November, 2010 

Abstract

The principle that everything has a cause is very fundamental in all aspects of life to every culture. Both the Buddhist and the traditional African believe that nothing happens by chance. The Buddhist conception of  causality, hinged on the theory of ”dependent origination”, appears to be concerned with the human (physical) world with suffering as its prime focus while the traditional  African thought does not limit causation to the empirical world but freely blends and relates empirical causation  with supernatural causation. This paper in its critical comparison posits that both positions are fraught with some logical and metaphysical difficulties which in turn seem to blur and retard the people’s knowledge of the external world, thus acting as an albatross to scientific development and progress.

 

Keywords: Causality, Buddhism, African Philosophy.