Shay Welch’s The Phenomenology of a Performative Knowledge System: Dancing with Native American Epistemology is an impressive addition to the fields of analytic philosophy, cognitive science, performance philosophy, and Native and Indigenous Studies. As with any work that aspires to combine the insights of so many disciplines into one interdisciplinary whole, Welch’s challenging monograph covers a vast amount of theoretical ground. That Welch manages to do this in a slim 220 pages is impressive. Starting in the field of analytic philosophy, Welch walks us through her journey from philosophy through cognitive science and into performance philosophy. Despite some puzzling omissions, Welch’s journey is one well worth taking for performance scholars interested in Native and Indigenous epistemologies and the intersection of that singular (according to Welch) means of knowledge production through dance, even if its forays into cognitivescience and performance philosophy are of less interest to scholars working within the disciplines...
The Phenomenology of a Performative Knowledge System: Dancing With Native American Epistemology
NEAL HEBERT received his PhD in Theatre History and Historiography from Louisiana State University in 2016. An experienced director and dramaturg, Hebert is currently teaching secondary education while keeping busy as an independent scholar.
Neal Anderson Herbert; The Phenomenology of a Performative Knowledge System: Dancing With Native American Epistemology. Ecumenica 1 May 2022; 15 (1): 98–101. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/ecumenica.15.1.0098
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