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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.
|I||Reclaiming Sources and Possibilities|
|1||Looking Forward to the First Day||3|
|2||Black Elk, Thoreau, Emerson, and Their Aura||15|
|3||William James, Black Elk, and the Healing Act||33|
|4||James: "Wild Beasts of the Philosophic Desert"||45|
|5||James on Truth: The Preeminence of Body and World||67|
|6||John Dewey: Philosopher and Poet of Nature||91|
|7||Body-Mind and Subconsciousness: Dewey and Tragedy||121|
|8||Passion for Meaning: William Ernest Hocking's Religious-Philosophical Views||137|
|9||Henry Bugbee: The Inward Morning||153|
|10||Ways of Knowing||163|
|11||Pragmatism, Neopragmatism, and Phenomenology: The Richard Rorty Phenomenon||175|
|12||William James's Prophetic Grasp of the Failures of Academic Professionalism||191|
|13||Charles Peirce on the Pre-Rational Ground of Reason||207|
|14||Shamanism, Love, Regeneration||219|