American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays

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Anne Waters
Wiley, 2004 - Philosophy - 306 pages
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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 philosophical questions pertaining 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 together, 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.

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Some outstanding work here. Should be a must read for all Native American Studies programs. Opens up inner workings of philosophical thought among some academic American Indians. First article by Vine Deloria speaks to importance of this work and this field for Native Americans.

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Yazzie Burkhart's chapter in this text is key for my research. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Anne Waters is Research Associate at the Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Center at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Sheis 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).

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