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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 1)
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Philosophical Fundamentals for Sustainable Development in Kenya: Karl Popper’s Perspective

Joseph Kahiga Kiruki
Corresponding Author:  KAHIGA Joseph Kiruki 

Key words:  Closed, cultural, development, diversity, mindset, open,
Vol. 3 , (1): 28-33
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2010 November, 23 2010 December, 25 2011 January, 25

The study aims at critically assessing the reasons that inform the unstable socio economic and political development of Kenya and suggest the w ay forw ard in terms of sustainable development. Kenya is a multicultural society, and the basic assum ption is that, diversity has tended to produce more ‘heat’ than ‘light’; and the ensuing conflicts have resulted into stagnated socio economic and political development. Karl Popper’s theory on ‘closed and open societies’ forms the theoretical framew ork of the study. The theory challenges diverse societies not to remain isolated but to open up towards the global society where positive values from each society when integrated will benefit the country and the global community. The philosophical method appropriate to the study is the rational critical approach that will unveil the reasons behind ‘praxis’ that is then subjected to critical appraisal. The findings are that, each culture has its own unique mindset (epistemology) that is the foundation of its idiosyncratic praxis that tend to conflict with others that are different. The way forward is to accept internal criticism and the value of tolerance in the context of open society and hence the need of a paradigm shift in epistemology. Since epistemology (thought) precedes action, the new thinking will be the foundation of a sustainable development lead ing to a more cohesive Nation towards a global community.
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Joseph Kahiga Kiruki, 2011. Philosophical Fundamentals for Sustainable Development in Kenya: Karl Popper’s Perspective.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 3(1): 28-33.
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