Module 6

Jim Cheney discusses an approach central to Native American worldviews of addressing the non-human world as an active subject to be engaged with in dialogue as opposed to a passive set of objects to possess knowledge and mastery over. This is linked for Cheney to an epistemology based more on the metaphor of listening than seeing. (As you might remember from Plato sight tends to be Western philosophys primary metaphor for knowing). Discuss this connection and reflect on some of the potential pros and cons of this approach especially in the context of the environmental crisis faced by our current form of civilization.

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