Helmut Wautischer, ed.Tribal Epistemologies: Essays in the Philosophy of Anthropology. Burlington vt: Ashgate Publishing, 1998. 264 pp. Cloth, $79.95. Anne Waters, Albuquerque nm What is it that perennially leads to questions about our humanly situated place in the cosmos? Perhaps it is as Rudolph C. Ryser comments in an article called "Observations on `Self ' and `Knowing' " in a new book titled Tribal Epistemology: Essays in the Philosophy of Anthropology, edited by Helmut Wautischer: "Like all people, humans have the capacity to learn; but humans have a greater need to learn owing to their relative youth, inexperience, and lack of knowledge. It is because of this serious limitation that humans have needed a brain that allows them to learn more things" (28). This idea complements Wautischer's view in his introductory article, "Pathways to Knowledge," that "consciousness is but a tool through which power symbols are recognized and managed" (3). These explanations of why and how human consciousness learns, via the use of consciousness's tools, may suggest why postmodernism embraces the standpoint of multiple truths. The reasoning process, via tools of consciousness, closes the dual chasms of subject and object--what appears to modern science as a tripartite dual
The American Indian Quarterly – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Aug 1, 2001
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