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APPENDIX 1 - Representational Answers for Question 3
RATIONALE FOR QUESTION 3
QUESTION # 3 - If you could define any relation between the courses you teach and your area of interest, what would it be that could or does connect it to understanding the nature of indigenous thought?
Other than bad grammar, the purpose of this question is stated simply enough (hey there's a first for everything!) and that is how do professors link their course to indigenous content if the opportunity comes to present itself. There were many "I don't know" answers in this section which is awesome cause the lack of answers implies the need for questions and I don't think we loose the message of the negative in this section about actual course connections to indigenous thoughts, philosophy or knowledge. What follows are connections or linkages already being made in philosophy courses across the country.
CULTURAL RELATIVISM -this professor in particular was against the idea of using cultural relativism as a component of formal indigenous philosophy if I understood correctly.
UNIVERSAL HUMAN COGNITION - The line between universal human cognition and the ways of thinking that are influenced by the cultural group one grows up in.
WAYS OF KNOWING - Which relates indigenous knowledge to issues in epistemology
INDIGENOUS METAPHYSICS, ETHICS, POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY - have more noticeable areas of intersection with indigenous philosophy in the area of Environmental Philosophy.
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS- "I would refer to some indigenous practices that honored wildlife killed for food or appointed a spokesperson to represent a specific animal group. Now my research is on core ethical values and I often discuss how important respect is to first nations people. There are some differences we have about fairness that is interesting....SO I am interested in the underlying indigenous values that guide your research concerns"...
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND HEALTH - "one week of the course is devoted to ethics issues relating to indigenous health. I think this is a really important topic for people working in indigenous philosophy and ethics to work together to address"
MODERN PHILOSOPHY - I'll be looking for accounts of indigenous thought on people's relations to land. For a Canadian university, that perspective would be an important counter-balance to, e.g., John Locke's view of property. That strikes me as one way of putting indigenous thought in dialogue with the history of western philosophy."
ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY -"I try to connect it to issues and problems that (I think) everyone is concerned with, such as "What is a just society?", "How do I live a good life?", "What is reality like?". If these are also issues in indigenous thought, then, presumably, we could draw connections between these philosophies.
NAVIGATING THE "NOT PHILOSOPHY" POSITION -
ROLE OF INDIGENOUS THOUGHT IN SPECIFIC INQUIRIES: I.E. DEATH
ROLE OF INDIGENOUS THOUGHT IN SPECIFIC INQUIRIES: I.E. THE NATURE OF COLONIALISM,
INDIGENEITY, SETTLERHOOD -
PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN -
APPLICATIONS IN METHODOLOGY - the nature of starting assumptions in philosophical theorizing and the implications of cross-cultural variation in these assumptions. (This discussion has not been especially focused on indigenous (North American) ideas as opposed to broadly European ones--much research has been done in India and China, for instance--but it is certainly the kind of discussion that opens up interest in contributions from non-Western voices
STUDENT LED RESEARCH PROJECT
APPENDIX 3- Range of Answers Provided for E-mail questionaire - Question 3