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

ISBN-10: 0271020261

ISBN-13: 9780271020266

Edition: 2000

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Description: 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 artifical 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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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 8/2/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Foreword
Reclaiming Sources and Possibilities
Looking Forward to the First Day
Black Elk, Thoreau, Emerson, and Their Aura
William James, Black Elk, and the Healing Act
James: "Wild Beasts of the Philosophic Desert"
James on Truth: The Preeminence of Body and World
Further Reclamations
John Dewey: Philosopher and Poet of Nature
Body-Mind and Subconsciousness: Dewey and Tragedy
Passion for Meaning: William Ernest Hocking's Religious-Philosophical Views
Henry Bugbee: The Inward Morning
Taking Stock
Ways of Knowing
Pragmatism, Neopragmatism, and Phenomenology: The Richard Rorty Phenomenon
William James's Prophetic Grasp of the Failures of Academic Professionalism
Charles Peirce on the Pre-Rational Ground of Reason
Shamanism, Love, Regeneration
Index
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