Vol 25 No. 1 (2006)
Philosophical discourse takes many forms, and this introduction to a website discussion suggests that the dialogue, once the heart of philosophical reasoning, promotes a particular type of encounter that leads to amicable discourse, in contrast to some forms that take no prisoners. This is an invitation to determine whether the dialogue can bear all that it is presumed to do.
On Concepts and 'the Best Places': Comparative First Nations, Chinese and Western Traditions on Comprehending Reality [+] 41-70
This article attempts to place Cree conceptions of reality on the same footing as both Western and Chinese traditions; drawing upon both oral and written sources, especially that of ceremonialist Wayne Roan. The Cree case is made for a concept of ‘the best place’ for understanding something, implying that rational thought itself has to be ‘placed’ in order to come to any conclusions. This introduces a different dimension into discussions in relation to the other two traditions, both of which appear to construct reality without relation to either physical or metaphysical ‘place’. However, other aspects of Cree conceptions do not differ that greatly from the Chinese understanding of reality.
Is there a distinct ‘realm’ of religious discourse? Do religious claims so conceived stand in potential conflict with other sorts of claims? Several ways of elucidating the idea of a ‘distinct realm’ are examined and found wanting. Then the work of DZ Phillips is sympathetically, but critically, examined for its implications for the idea of a distinct ‘realm’ of religious discourse.