Aztec Philosophy

Aztec Philosophy : Understanding a World in Motion

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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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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 952.54g
  • University Press of Colorado
  • ColoradoUnited States
  • English
  • 69 line drawings
  • 1607322226
  • 9781607322221
  • 1,520,989

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"In this comprehensive study, James Maffie offers much more than an introduction to Aztec philosophy. For the reader unfamiliar with the Nahuatl-speaking people of the Central Valley of Mexico, whose capital Tenochtitlan was conquered by Hernan Cortes in 1521, "Aztec Philosophy"offers a close examination of Nahua life, thought, and culture; for the anthropologist and Mesoamericanist, it offers a philosophical lens through which to examine and evaluate standard interpretations of Aztec life and society; for the student of philosophy, it reconstructs a systematic and coherent worldview and provides enough material to pursue graduate level research; and for any reader, it is a model of how to bring multiple disciplines to bear on a topic that is beyond the scope of any one discipline." Robert Eli Sanchez, "Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews""

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About James Maffie

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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