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The Dance of Person and Place

SUNY Series in Living Indigenous Philosophies

By Thomas M. Norton-Smith

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Format: Paperback / softback, 164 pages
Published In: United States, 06 January 2010
This title uses the concept of worldmaking to provide an introduction to American Indian philosophy.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Foreword Acknowledgments 1. Common Themes in American Indian Philosophy First Introductions Four Common Themes: A First Look Constructing an Actual American Indian World 2. Nelson Goodman's Constructivism Setting the Stage Fact, Fiction, and Feeders Ontological Pluralism True Versions and Well-Made Worlds Nonlinguistic Versions and the Advancement of Understanding 3. True Versions and Cultural Bias Constructive Realism: Variations on a Theme by Goodman True Versions and Cultural Bias An American Indian Well-Made Actual World 4. Relatedness, Native Knowledge, and Ultimate Acceptability Native Knowledge and Relatedness as a World-Ordering Principle Native Knowledge and Truth Native Knowledge and Verification Native Knowledge and Ultimate Acceptability 5. An Expansive Conception of Persons A Western Conception of Persons Native Conceptions of Animate Beings and Persons An American Indian Expansive Conception of Persons 6. The Semantic Potency of Performance Opening Reflections and Reminders About Performances Symbols and Their Performance The Shawnee Naming Ceremony Gifting as a World-Constructing Performance Closing Remarks About the Semantic Potency of Performances 7. Circularity as a World-Ordering Principle Goodman Briefly Revisited Time, Events, and History or Space, Place, and Nature? Circularity as a World-Ordering Principle Circularity and Sacred Places Closing Remarks About Circularity as a World-Ordering Principle 8. The Dance of Person and Place American Indian Philosophy as a Dance of Person and Place Consequences, Speculations, and Closing Reflections Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Thomas M. Norton-Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University Stark.


"...a deft and self-aware exemplification of the task of cross-cultural comparison ... The writing is accessible and shows a deft and helpful interplay between abstract language and concrete illustrative material." - The Pluralist "Norton-Smith does a good job illustrating how worlds are created through language and how language itself contains philosophy." - H-Net Reviews (H-Environment) "...Norton-Smith offers an insightful discussion of Native American epistemological concepts ... This book is an excellent exercise for all philosophy students as an expansion of worldviews and an examination of Western epistemological foundations and biases. It also offers an insightful discussion of indigenous philosophy for both philosophy and indigenous scholars ... Highly recommended." - CHOICE "The author opens a unique and exciting avenue for philosophical discourse by demonstrating a method of inquiry that provides a new way of interpreting Native thinking, a method that not only promotes Native philosophical systems but allows for greater communication between Western and Native philosophers." - Lorraine Mayer, author of Cries from a Metis Heart "Challenging and provocative, this book is a great step forward in the conversation of academic Indigenous philosophy." - Brian Yazzie Burkhart, Pitzer College

EAN: 9781438431321
ISBN: 1438431325
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Dimensions: 22.81 x 16.15 x 1.32 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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