Pablo Idahosa responds to Kofi Dempere:
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I see that Dr Kofi Kissi Dompere is not only a philosophically inclined developmental economist, and/or a philosopher who's been bitten by the vampires of a certain kind of economic reasoning, but (or maybe therefore--QED) also someone for whom history is a series of "success-failure processes of decision-choice activities in all dimensions of human endeavor". Wonderful; now we know! For sh/e who enters the language of this economist, do methodological discussions henceforth cease, do epistemological debates end, and should we not think of historiography because cost-benefit ontology will reveal all if we read Kofi's book? I have not read the book, Kofi, but if your book and the contributors therein are enjoining us to be careful about our assumptions, to be clear about the principles (the "logic", if you will) that underlie or inform the methods that we use to asses and frame our research, and that we are ready for a discussion at some point about the normative and meta-foundations of that about which we speak, then, OK, fine, I will try better next time. I know, or--perhaps more modestly --assume you are not into the kind of scientist reductionism that is very unhelpful to understanding history, even if some economists find it useful in evading or ignoring it.
Could I suggest, however, in the spirit of the levity of a friendly yearly/seasonal engagement, if it is the latter, then we move the "debate" not wit further than pins on epistemic methodologies' heads. And if, like, by George, you ask me rhetorically-polemically to put something positive forward lest I appear arrogant, I will do so after the break. For now, it is my modest proposal, also in the spirit of the levity of season, that you, like all of us this time of year, will read more books. There are more things in heaven and earth, Kofi, than are dreamt of in your, or my, philosophy/book.
At $95 (US), I hope you will forgive me in seeking out the library copy of your book.