Ancient & Modern: Time, Culture and Indigenous Philosophy

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UNSW Press, 2004 - History - 197 pages
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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Contents

Once I knew how the world worked
3
When or where did modern Australian culture begin?
5
Why I am not a historian
8
The return to place
13
Historys poison blanket
23
Performing life
29
Morning coffee with Clarrie
41
Devastation
43
Travelling the subterranean river of blood
106
Life abundant life
109
Boxer deconstructionist
120
Indigenous modernities
132
The religion of technology
140
New Right assimilationism
142
Section Four PHILOSOPHY
153
Philosophy of the Other continent
155

Section Two COUNTRY
57
How do you get to Alice Springs?
59
a burly Salt Water woman of about my own age
61
Towards the Centre
67
OK if we camp here again?
69
Landscape and country
71
Back to Rottnest
80
A character called 62 Pontiac Parisienne
82
A space for ethics
91
Section Three TECHNOLOGY
95
He thinks he desires
97
Indigenous capitalism
102
Philosophical magic
159
Nomads
162
Secret English
163
Language as singular or general
169
Feelings of power
170
The Other continent
172
Philosophy from afar
173
Notes
179
Selected Bibliography
191
Index
194
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