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Maori Philosophy


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Introduction 1. Maori Ideas about 'The Self' 2. Maori Ideas about 'The World' 3. Maori Ideas about 'Knowledge' 4. Maori Scholarship 5. Maori Research and Communities Glossary Further Reading Bibliography Index

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An introduction to the key issues of Maori philosophy.

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Georgina Stewart is Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.


A significant, groundbreaking and fascinating book that examines Maori philosophy in a meaningful and contemporary way. It will become a core text for the many courses that draw on Indigenous knowledge and Matauranga Maori, educating and challenging the way we think.
*Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Professor of Maori and Indigenous Studies, Waikato University, New Zealand*

In this book, ‘native’ philosopher Georgina Stewart traverses the breadth and depth of Maori ways of thinking and making sense of the world. The relationship between traditional and historical Maori philosophical notions and contemporary Maori philosophical thought is examined such that both discord and harmony are embraced.
*Hemi Dale, Director Maori Medium Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand*

This book is an anthropology of Maori philosophy, a journey following Maori thought and metaphysics as it wrestles with the dictates of coloniality/modernity. A much-needed introduction to Maori thought, Stewart invites the reader to be more than a spectator but a participant in that fascinating journey.
*Garrick Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Aotahi School of Maori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand*

In a beautifully written, at times painful, examination of living bi-culturally in ‘two worlds,’ Georgina Stewart ties together ancient Maori ways of knowing and te ao hurihuri; contemporary concerns in the modern world. She unpacks the tension of “fractionated” bloodlines, the postmodern dissonance of cultural performativity, and what it means to be authentic in fast changing times.
*Ruth Irwin, Adjunct Professor, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia*

For many people like me who are seeking to better understand the ways of thinking, doing and being of our Maori forebears and contemporaries, this book is a generous offering ... [Stewart's] writing should open doors to guide readers in their own learning, to work with respect for Maori philosophy and to build confidence in their working the intercultural spaces.
*New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies*

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