ISBN-10:
1438431325
ISBN-13:
9781438431321
Pub. Date:
06/01/2010
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
The Dance of Person and Place: One Interpretation of American Indian Philosophy

The Dance of Person and Place: One Interpretation of American Indian Philosophy

by Thomas M. Norton-Smith
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ISBN-13: 9781438431321
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: SUNY series in Living Indigenous Philosophies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 972,075
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Thomas M. Norton-Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Kent State University Stark.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Common Themes in American Indian Philosophy 1

First Introductions 1

Four Common Themes: A First Look 9

Constructing an Actual American Indian World 14

2 Nelson Goodman's Constructivism 17

Setting the Stage 17

Fact, Fiction, and Feeders 19

Ontological Pluralism 26

True Versions and Well-Made Worlds 32

Nonlinguistic Versions and the Advancement of Understanding 36

3 True Versions and Cultural Bias 39

Constructive Realism: Variations on a Theme by Goodman 39

True Versions and Cultural Bias 43

An American Indian Well-Made Actual World 51

4 Relatedness, Native Knowledge, and Ultimate Acceptability 55

Native Knowledge and Relatedness as a World-Ordering Principle 55

Native Knowledge and Truth 63

Native Knowledge and Verification 68

Native Knowledge and Ultimate Acceptability 74

5 An Expansive Conception of Persons 77

A Western Conception of Persons 77

Native Conceptions of Animate Beings and Persons 82

An American Indian Expansive Conception of Persons 93

6 The Semantic Potency of Performance 95

Opening Reflections and Reminders About Performances 95

Symbols and Their Performance 97

The Shawnee Naming Ceremony 102

Gifting as a World-Constructing Performance 105

Closing Remarks About the Semantic Potency of Performances 115

7 Circularity as a World-Ordering Principle 119

Goodman Briefly Revisited 119

Time, Events, and History or Space, Place, and Nature? 120

Circularity as a World-Ordering Principle 122

Circularity and Sacred Places 128

Closing Remarb About Circularity as a World-Ordering Principle 133

8 The Dance of Person and Place 135

American Indian Philosophy as a Dance of Person and Place 135

Consequences, Speculations, and Closing Reflections 138

Notes 141

Bibliography 153

Index 159

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