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In Praise of Onisegun

A. G. A. Bello


In his very interesting book, The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful: Discourse About Values in Yoruba Culture,1 Professor Barry Hallen presents the ‘philosophical’ ideas of the onísègùn,2 a group of Yoruba traditional practitioners of medicine. What comes out of the endeavor is partly epistemological, partly ethical and partly aesthetic. This article is a critique of these ideas and is bibliocentric, based entirely on Hallen’s book.

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Journal on African Philosophy. ISSN: 1533-1067 (online).
Editor: Olufemi Taiwo.

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