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APPENDIX 5- Range of Answers Provided for E-mail questionaire - Question 5

APPENDIX 5 - Representational Answers for Question 5
RATIONALE FOR QUESTION 5

​QUESTION # 5 - WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, IDEAS, WISHES THAT COULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS AN IDEA OF THE NATURE OF INDIGENOUS THINKING AND YOUR PARTICULAR WORK?  ARE THERE ANY UNIVERSITY AND/OR COMMUNITY PROJECTS THAT YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH?

 
1.  RESEARCH ON PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLES (Valuing future generations)

  • I'd really like to explore indigenous approaches to that, but don't really know where to start. I've read a bit about the 7 generations concept, but these tend to be fairly brief and superficial things on the Internet, and I've been unable to find sources that delve into this more seriously or deeply.


2.  LACK OF PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH IN HEALTH JUSTICE -

  • I've really been shocked about the paucity of serious philosophical work addressing the issue of justice in connection to the colonization and the health of indigenous people in North America.  It's such an obviously major issue and so important for public health ethics in Canada, yet I've found almost no discussion of this topic in public health and bioethics literatures.
  • My own view is that philosophers, and applied ethics specifically, have an obligation to redress this situation. I'm certainly willing to contribute to this myself, though to do so I'll need to collaborate with others who have more background in this area.


3. EPISTEMOLOGY- PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION - METAPHYSICS AND META-ETHICAL CONCEPTS.

  • Again, aside from the pragmatic areas, I’d like to see some focus on epistemology, phil of religion (metaphysics) , and meta-ethical concepts (e.g. courage, moral wisdom)


4. METHODOLOGY?  (Not sure how to categorize this one - but good suggestion nonetheless

  • Theories concerning nonviolent action, dialogue, consensus. But I am no longer an active researcher.


5.  VALUE THEORY -

  • to synthesize underlying indigenous values from the various first nations is an interesting project.  But I would not consider such a project without an indigenous collaborator.


 6.  THE NEED TO LOCATE RESOURCES ON INDIGENOUS THOUGHT.

  • My wish is that I knew better how to find existing resources on indigenous thought. When I think about working towards building more indigenous thought into my courses, it's extremely difficult for me to know where to start looking....My training in philosophy left me completely unprepared for a project of indiginizing the philosophy curriculum. For example, I'd love to see an anthology or reader of indigenous thought -- something that could help orient those of us who are starting from no knowledge at all.


7.  HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY -

  • a tool that helps us to recognize our own prejudices and that helps us to think about things in very different ways.  I am wondering whether indigenous ideas could be useful in that respect.


8.  NATURE OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN INDIGENOUS THOUGHT AND ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

  • I don't think that a list of similarities and differences between ancient philosophy and indigenous thought is very interesting. In order to be philosophically interesting, I think that someone needs to make a case either that looking at indigenous thought sheds light on questions that Plato, Aristotle, etc. were dealing with or that looking at ancient thought sheds light on issues in indigenous thought. I just don't know enough about indigenous thought to say whether this is true.


9.  RESEARCH ON THE NATURE OF RACISM - EPISTEMIC ANGLES

  • The closest connections would be my interests in epistemic racism. Here the goal is to support the efforts to get settler academics to listen to Indigenous thinkers and to realize that there is an enormous amount to learn