American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays

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Anne Waters
Wiley, Dec 2, 2003 - Philosophy - 346 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.

  • Covers American Indian thinking on issues concerning time, place, history, science, law, religion, nationhood, and art.
  • Features newly commissioned essays by authors of American Indian descent.
  • Includes a comprehensive bibliography to aid in research and inspire further reading.

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This is an outstanding collection of essays articulating a nuanced view of American Indian philosophy and thought, ranging from ontological, ethical, epistemological, political (and more) concerns. The volume is organized deftly and passionately by Waters in a way that is compelling and insightful. Importantly, the lead essay by Deloria, the vanguard American Indian intellectual, paves the way with the usual candor and forthright discussion about American Indian thought. Anyone teaching courses on American Indian politics, sociology, or humanities-related topics can confidently adopt this book. One of my favorite essays in the text is by Waters, on non-binary dualisms that leads to an "aha!" moment about balance (and I'm not new to the issue). A must read for serious thinkers of any stripe.  

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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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About the author (2003)

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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