Ancient & Modern: Time, Culture and Indigenous Philosophy
How might we think and talk about indigenous philosophy? Why has Aboriginal knowledge not been given the status of philosophical knowledge, but treated by whites rather as culture or history? There is a quarrel about whose antiquity is at the foundation of Australian culture, and why contemporary forms of Aboriginality are marginal to Australia's modernity. These are the starting points for the essays contained in Stephen Muecke's original and challenging book.
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Once I knew how the world worked
When or where did modern Australian culture begin?
Why I am not a historian
The return to place
Historys poison blanket
Morning coffee with Clarrie
Travelling the subterranean river of blood
Life abundant life
The religion of technology
New Right assimilationism
Section Four PHILOSOPHY
Philosophy of the Other continent
Section Two COUNTRY
How do you get to Alice Springs?
a burly Salt Water woman of about my own age
Towards the Centre
OK if we camp here again?
Landscape and country
Back to Rottnest
A character called 62 Pontiac Parisienne
A space for ethics
Section Three TECHNOLOGY
He thinks he desires
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