By M.S.C. Okolo
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The political philosopher, then, does not merely evaluate political situations but also oﬀers suggestions on what ought to be. It follows that political philosophers are to a great extent motivated because of their belief that a situation is bad. Hence political philosophy is usually the product of minds who have the sensitivity and the intellectual penetration to grasp political events in society and present them in such a way as to provoke critical reﬂection. Equally, the literature of a society is usually the product of minds that have the intellectual capacity to capture its social phenomena – cultural, religious, economic as well as political.
Aristotle employed the term to mean the rule of many in their narrow interest, diﬀering from Abraham Lincoln’s deﬁnition of it as government of the people, 24 by the people and for the people. There is also a diﬀerence between liberal and communist democracy. Clariﬁcation is a necessary condition for a belief to be retained or defended. This will not only make clear the exact intended deﬁnition but also show the logical relationship existing between the term and another. : 12) refers to this function of showing the logical relationships whereby one concept implies or is implied by another as synthesis.
Basically, our appreciation of what is involved in conceptual analysis and clariﬁcation relies on understanding the terms employed in presenting political beliefs and general political principles. This is especially important since political concepts are essentially contestable – their meanings are mostly relative to a particular discourse. For instance, there are many variants of democracy. Aristotle employed the term to mean the rule of many in their narrow interest, diﬀering from Abraham Lincoln’s deﬁnition of it as government of the people, 24 by the people and for the people.
African Literature as Political Philosophy (Africa in the New Millennium) by M.S.C. Okolo