American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays

American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays

2003 | 306 Pages | ISBN: 0631223037 | PDF | 6 MB

This book brings together a diverse group of American Indian thinkers to discuss traditional and contemporary philosophies and philosophical issues. The essays presented here address philosophicalžţquestions pertanung to knowledge, time, place, history, science, law, religion, nationhood, ethics, and art, as understood from a variety of Native American standpoints. Unique in its approach, this volume represents several different tribes and nations and amplifies the voice of contemporary American Indian culture struggling for respect and autonomy.Taken t. ,gk t her, the essays collected here exemplify the way in which American Indian perspectives enrich contemporary philosophy. Scholars, students of philosophy, and general readers alike will benefit from this distinctive collection. Anne Waters is Research Associate in the Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Center at the State University of NewYork, Binghamton. She is the founder and President of the American Indian Philosophy Association. She edits the American Philosophical Association (APA) Newsletter on American Indian Philosophy and is chair of the APA Committee on American Indians in Philosophy. Among other publications, she is co-editor of American Philosophies:An Anthology (Blackwell, 2001). "This is a groundbreaking volume. Its ideas intersect with diverse subfields of the discipline of philosophy as taught in North American universities. Each essay offers fresh ways of defining what philosophy is about." Iris MarionYoung, University of Chicago "Descendants of survivors of the 'moral monstrosity' of near genocidal oppression of Native peoples are now within the ranks of professional philosophers and are hard at work rescuing and rehabilitating Indian philosophical thought. By reading these essays carefully, respectfully, and with open minds, we have an opportunity to do better by Indian peoples than was the shameful case several centuries ago, and since. We will be better persons and philosophers for having done so, and better citizens, too." LuciusT. Outlaw, Jr., Vanderbilt University "American Indian Thought contrasts US indigenous philosophies with Western academic philosophy. The writers explain perspectives on metaphysics, epistemology, phenomenology, social and political philosophy, ethics, and aesthetics, in ways that will challenge, inspire and fascinate readers across disciplines." Naomi Zack, University of Oregon

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