Riddles, Meaning and Rationality/Logic

  • Grivas Muchineripi Kayange
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 135)


This chapter investigates issues of meaning and rationality departing from a study on riddles. It argues that riddles reveal some basic concepts of the Chewa people’s logic. The structure of riddles and their use show that the Chichewa language speakers engage in critical thinking. The analysis of riddles further shows that through their use, individuals engage in problem solving.


Riddles Problem-solving Critical thinking African philosophy Problem solving 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grivas Muchineripi Kayange
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  1. 1.Chancellor CollegeUniversity of MalawiZombaMalawi

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