The Dance of Person and Place

Author: Thomas M. Norton-Smith
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438431325
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Uses the concept of “world-making” to provide an introduction to American Indian philosophy. Ever since first contact with Europeans, American Indian stories about how the world is have been regarded as interesting objects of study, but also as childish and savage, philosophically curious and ethically monstrous. Using the writings of early ethnographers and cultural anthropologists, early narratives told or written by Indians, and scholarly work by contemporary Native writers and philosophers, Shawnee philosopher Thomas M. Norton-Smith develops a rational reconstruction of American Indian philosophy as a dance of person and place. He views Native philosophy through the lens of a culturally sophisticated constructivism grounded in the work of contemporary American analytic philosopher Nelson Goodman, in which descriptions of the world (or “world versions”) satisfying certain criteria construct actual worlds—words make worlds. Ultimately, Norton-Smith argues that the Native ways of organizing experiences with spoken words and other performances construct real worlds as robustly as their Western counterparts, and, in so doing, he helps to bridge the chasm between Western and American Indian philosophical traditions. “…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 Métis Heart “Challenging and provocative, this book is a great step forward in the conversation of academic Indigenous philosophy.” — Brian Yazzie Burkhart, Pitzer College

The Handbook of Contemporary Animism

Author: Graham Harvey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317544501
Format: PDF
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The Handbook of Contemporary Animism brings together an international team of scholars to examine the full range of animist worldviews and practices. The volume opens with an examination of recent approaches to animism. This is followed by evaluations of ethnographic, cognitive, literary, performative, and material culture approaches, as well as advances in activist and indigenous thinking about animism. This handbook will be invaluable to students and scholars of Religion, Sociology and Anthropology.

Ecologies of Participation

Author: Zayin Cabot
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498568165
Format: PDF, ePub
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A profoundly interdisciplinary approach to comparative scholarship, Ecologies of Participation: Agents, Shamans, Mystics, and Diviners argues for a radical neostructuralist stance. Developing recent theories and methods in religious studies, Cabot argues for a participatory approach to comparative studies.

Hilgards Einf hrung in die Psychologie

Author: Rita L. Atkinson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783827404893
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Eine EinfA1/4hrung in die gesamte Psychologie als Kerncurriculum fA1/4r Haupt- und Nebenfachstudenten ist der deutsche Hilgard fA1/4r die deutsche Psychologie beides, ein bereits an vielen UniversitAten als PrA1/4fungslektA1/4re empfohlener Klassiker und eine NovitAt: Es gibt nAmlich kein etabliertes Lehrbuch der gesamten Psychologie, das das Kernwissen dieses Faches fA1/4r Haupt- und NebenfAchler zusammenfaAt. Die Gutachtermeinungen waren eindeutig, die Herausgeber, Prof. Elke van der Meer, Humboldt-UniversitAt, und Prof. Joachim Grabowski, PAdagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, haben das Buch an die BedA1/4rfnisse von Haupt- und Nebenfachstudenten angepaAt, so daA es das Grundwissen fA1/4r den ersten Studienabschnitt erschlieAt. Neben den Grundthemen der Allgemeinen Psychologie als Kernfach werden die Grundlagen der Biologischen, Differentiellen, der Klinischen und der Sozialpsychologie A1/4bersichtlich dargestellt - entsprechend den groAen PrA1/4fungsfAchern im Diplomstudiengang.