Articles by Author: J Tharakan

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  1. African philosophy: a key to African innovation and development

    African philosophy: a key to African innovation and development

    This essay demonstrates how African philosophy can be a key to African innovation and development. Its first section illustrates how philosophy as a discipline drives innovation in science and technology. The second part proposes a new discipline linking science, engineering...
  2. Indigenous knowledge systems – a rich appropriate technology resource

    Indigenous knowledge systems – a rich appropriate technology resource

    Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) comprise knowledge systems that have developed within various societies’ independent of, and prior to, the advent of the modern scientific knowledge system. IKS from various cultures evolved into broad and comprehensive knowledge systems, such as those...
  3. Integrating indigenous knowledge into appropriate technology development and implementation

    Integrating indigenous knowledge into appropriate technology development and implementation

    Appropriate Technology (AT) implementation should foster community empowerment and sustainability. Successful implementation requires community engagement throughout - technology conceptualization, development, implementation, assessment and impact evaluation. Development professionals should be sensitive to socio-cultural context and respect local knowledge, part of the...
  4. Ethics and extinction: Micro versus macro appropriate technology

    Ethics and extinction: Micro versus macro appropriate technology

    Ethical theory and technology practice raise two primary questions. First, what are the ethical principles driving sustainable appropriate technology? Second, what are the viable applications of those principles with respect to alternative appropriate technologies? The hypothesis of this study is...
  5. Appropriate technology and ethical obligations of the university: W.E.B. Du Bois on the Africana university mission<xref ref-type="fn" rid="FN0000"/>

    Appropriate technology and ethical obligations of the university: W.E.B. Du Bois on the Africana university mission<xref ref-type="fn" rid="FN0000"/>

    Working on the Encyclopedia Africana under the sponsorship of Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana, W.E.B. Du Bois reversed his conviction that only the ‘talented tenth’ could profit from a university education. He proposed that virtually all humans have a right to...