How It Is

How It Is

The Native American Philosophy of V.F. Cordova

Book - 2007
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Viola Cordova was the first Native American woman to receive a PhD in philosophy. Even as she became an expert on canonical works of traditional Western philosophy, she devoted herself to defining a Native American philosophy. Although she passed away before she could complete her life's work, some of her colleagues have organized her pioneering contributions into this provocative book.

In three parts, Cordova sets out a complete Native American philosophy. First she explains her own understanding of the nature of reality itself--the origins of the world, the relation of matter and spirit, the nature of time, and the roles of culture and language in understanding all of these. She then turns to our role as residents of the Earth, arguing that we become human as we deepen our relation to our people and to our places, and as we understand the responsibilities that grow from those relationships. In the final section, she calls for a new reverence in a world where there is no distinction between the sacred and the mundane.

Cordova clearly contrasts Native American beliefs with the traditions of the Enlightenment and Christianized Europeans (what she calls "Euroman" philosophy). By doing so, she leads her readers into a deeper understanding of both traditions and encourages us to question any view that claims a singular truth. From these essays--which are lucid, insightful, frequently funny, and occasionally angry--we receive a powerful new vision of how we can live with respect, reciprocity, and joy.
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780816526482
Branch Call Number: 191.08997 COR
Characteristics: xvii, 245 pages ;,23 cm


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Nov 07, 2010

excellent book. It is very helpful in teaching the differences and similarities between Western and Native culture, philosophy and just about anything else. Highly recommended if you are interested in Native things, or taking care of the planet.

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