More with Jim Marunich on Black Elk Speaks, traditional stories about Coyote the trickster and creation, and three articles: "Philosophy of Native Science" by Gregory Cajete, "What Coyote and Thales Can Teach Us: An Outline of American Indian Epistemology" by Brian Yazzie Burkhart, and "Language Matters: A Metaphysic of Non-Discreet, Non-Binary Dualism" by Anne Waters.
We get further into the specifics of the articles, talking about propositional vs. procedural knowledge (e.g., the agricultural story of the Three Sisters), process philosophy (read Jim's thesis), the personhood of the world, what we owe to nonhuman nature (respect!), and a flexible, non-rules-based, phenomenological ethics.
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End song: “Circle’s Gotta Go” by Kim Rancourt, as interviewed on Nakedly Examined Music #52.