Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion

Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion

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By (author) James Maffie

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  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 236mm x 43mm | 953g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Colorado
  • ISBN 10: 1607322226
  • ISBN 13: 9781607322221
  • Illustrations note: 69 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 1,495,993

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InAztec Philosophy," James Maffie shows the Aztecs advanced a highly sophisticated and internally coherent systematic philosophy worthy of consideration alongside other philosophies from around the world.Bringing together the fields of comparative world philosophy and Mesoamerican studies, Maffie excavates the distinctly philosophical aspects of Aztec thought. "Aztec Philosophy" focuses on the ways Aztec metaphysics the Aztecs understanding of the nature, structure and constitution of reality underpinned Aztec thinking about wisdom, ethics, politics, and aesthetics, and served as a backdrop for Aztec religious practices as well as everyday activities such as weaving, farming, and warfare. Aztec metaphysicians conceived reality and cosmos as a grand, ongoing process of weaving theirs was a world in motion. Drawing upon linguistic, ethnohistorical, archaeological, historical, and contemporary ethnographic evidence, Maffie argues that Aztec metaphysics maintained a processive, transformational, and non-hierarchical view of reality, time, and existence along with a pantheistic theology. "Aztec Philosophy" will be of great interest to Mesoamericanists, philosophers, religionists, folklorists, and Latin Americanists as well as students of indigenous philosophy, religion, and art of the Americas."

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James Maffie is principal lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and affiliate of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Maryland.

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.."."the originality of this metaphysics shines through."" L.M. Alcoff," CHOICE" ""For scholars interested in indigenous heritage philosophy of the Americas, this text will delight with its metaphysical playfulness. It is, however, to be taken seriously. For if Maffie is correct in only some of his disagreements with traditionally received views, he has forever changed the weave of the rug! . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about the heritage philosophies of our native soil. And all American philosophers should be familiar with the metaphysics of these philosophies if they hope to have any kind of understanding of their own philosophical influences since coming to the Americas!"" Anne Schulherr Waters, "APA NewsletterIndigenous Philosophy""