The Primal Roots of American Philosophy: Pragmatism, Phenomenology, and Native American Thought

The Primal Roots of American Philosophy: Pragmatism, Phenomenology, and Native American Thought

by Bruce Wilshire
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271020253

ISBN-13: 9780271020259

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Continuing his quest to bring American philosophy back to its roots, Bruce Wilshire connects the work of such thinkers as Thoreau, Emerson, Dewey, and James with Native American beliefs and practices. His search is not for exact parallels, but rather for fundamental affinities between the equally "organismic" thought systems of indigenous peoples and

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Continuing his quest to bring American philosophy back to its roots, Bruce Wilshire connects the work of such thinkers as Thoreau, Emerson, Dewey, and James with Native American beliefs and practices. His search is not for exact parallels, but rather for fundamental affinities between the equally "organismic" thought systems of indigenous peoples and classic American philosophers.

Wilshire gives particular emphasis to the affinities between Black Elk’s view of the hoop of the world and Emerson’s notion of horizon, and also between a shaman’s healing practices and James’s ideas of pure experience, willingness to believe, and a pluralistic universe. As these connections come into focus, the book shows how European phenomenology was inspired and influenced by the classic American philosophers, whose own work reveals the inspiration and influence of indigenous thought.

Wilshire’s book also reveals how artificial are the walls that separate the sciences and the humanities in academia, and that separate Continental from Anglo-American thought within the single discipline of philosophy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271020259
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
American and European Philosophy
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
IReclaiming Sources and Possibilities
1Looking Forward to the First Day3
2Black Elk, Thoreau, Emerson, and Their Aura15
3William James, Black Elk, and the Healing Act33
4James: "Wild Beasts of the Philosophic Desert"45
5James on Truth: The Preeminence of Body and World67
IIFurther Reclamations
6John Dewey: Philosopher and Poet of Nature91
7Body-Mind and Subconsciousness: Dewey and Tragedy121
8Passion for Meaning: William Ernest Hocking's Religious-Philosophical Views137
9Henry Bugbee: The Inward Morning153
IIITaking Stock
10Ways of Knowing163
11Pragmatism, Neopragmatism, and Phenomenology: The Richard Rorty Phenomenon175
12William James's Prophetic Grasp of the Failures of Academic Professionalism191
13Charles Peirce on the Pre-Rational Ground of Reason207
14Shamanism, Love, Regeneration219
Index237

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