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Tribesman on Philosophy

Postby Julie M. Martinez » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:09 am

I am interested to know if there are any studies on what people from "primitive" societies think about major philosophical questions in Western philosophy. I am not asking for what their tribal view on something like "the workings of the cosmos" is which would certainly be answered by something resembling an "ancestral mythology". Rather, I am interested in what these "tribesman's"direct answers would be to traditionally "Western" questions in philosophy. For example, what to them, constitutes a "moral" action. What is their understanding of political philosophy. What is the "meaning of life" to them? Generally, I would be extremely fascinated if there exists any transcripts or notes that contain a dialogue between a Westerner and a hunter/gatherer about deep philosophical questions. If there is no such thing, I would suggest that this would be a fascinating anthropological study.
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