Date of Award

1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Blair, J. A.

Keywords

Philosophy.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Often throughout history, the Native North American people have been regarded as highly skilled in the ways of nature. To be more specific, these people are sometimes referred to as the first ecologists, or conservationalists. As a resident of Northern Ontario, I encountered many such presuppositions about the Ojibwa people. Is this label a result of a an apparent mystic relationship they seem to have with nature or is it a much more empirical, scientific approach? What is it about the Ojibwa that lends itself to such an interpretation as being almost an environmental specialist? In other words, what is distinctive of the Ojibwa world view that sets up this apparent difference between Ojibwa (and other Native North Americans) and non-natives? Can the ways in which the Ojibwa view nature be beneficial as something workable for all individuals and nature? That is to say, is the Ojibwa's approach to nature something that is confined only to their world view or is it perhaps a more generalized environmental ethic, in some ways distinct from all Euro-centric environmental ethics?Dept. of Philosophy. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .W62. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0544. Adviser: J. Anthony Blair. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.

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