An indigenous philosophical ecology: Situating the human

Deborah Rose*

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Can Indigenous ecological knowledge contribute to major debates in Western science and philosophy? I argue that it offers a 'philosophical ecology' that works synergistically with Western eco-philosophy and some streams of ecological science. This paper takes up the challenge offered by Val Plumwood: that anthropology can contribute to the work of re-situating the human. It examines an ecological philosophy of mutual benefits, and shows patterns, and a broader meta-pattem, in which life is both for itself and for others, and in which connectivity and stability are achieved through densely recursive benefits. I identify these and other contexts as areas for further dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-305
Number of pages12
JournalThe Australian Journal of Anthropology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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