Structural Disadvantage and a Place at the Table: Creating a Space for Indigenous Philosophers to Be More ProActively Involved in Decision Making Forums Affecting the Emergence and Impact of Indigenous Philosophers of the Americas

American Philosophical Association Committee on American Indians in Philosophy (2003)

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In this paper, Waters introduces American Indians who hold a Ph.D. in philosophy. Waters explains that because American Indians are unable to garner the financial, collegial, and academic support needed to rise to inclusive positions in the philosophical profession, most of our colleagues and students remain uneducated and ignorant about indigenous people and our philosophies that are still alive today on this shared American continent. America’s indigenous philosophers have important contributions to make to philosophy and culture; yet our conceptual nonexistence exacerbates our veridical non- integration. It is a cultural luxury for the APA to not address these problems. In some moral worlds, the APA Board might have a positive obligation to address the status of American Indian philosophy with all due haste. Three possible ways of indexing American Indian philosophy for inclusion in the discipline are presented, each raising unique and particular problems for the profession. It is suggested a field of Indigenous philosophy (global) could emerge over time, having subfields of diverse cultural philosophies, not necessarily linked to nation states or current geopolitical regions. Concluding, given issues of invisibility, alliances, and responsibility, the APA remains historically morally bound to address and perhaps even redress American Indian exclusionism in the profession upon which it acts, and in the culture it complicitly creates.
Keywords American Indigenous  Native American  Indigenous Philosophies  Moral Accountability  Discrimination  Indigenous Politics  Exclusion  American Indian Philosophy  BiDialectical Relationship  Responsibility
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