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Author Schrempp, Gregory Allen, 1950-

Title Magical arrows : the Maori, the Greeks, and the folklore of the universe / Gregory Schrempp ; foreword by Marshall Sahlins.

Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [1992]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  113 SCHR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series New directions in anthropological writing.
New directions in anthropological writing.
Notes In English with some Maori.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-211) and index.
Contents Introduction: Sages and Sophists 3 -- 1. Great Race 17 -- 2. Cosmogony Today, Cosmogony Yesterday: The Further History of the Chain of Being 39 -- 3. Maori Cosmogonic Thought: A Text of Orientation 55 -- 4. Other Variants 106 -- 5. Antinomy and Cosmology: Kant Among the Maori 137 -- 6. Quick and the Dead: The Great Race in North America 169.
Summary A fascinating and sophisticated exploration of cosmology, Magical Arrows connects the Western philosophical tradition with the cosmological traditions of non-Western societies, particularly those of Polynesia. Using the mythology and philosophy of the Maori of New Zealand as a counterpoint to Western thought, Schrempp finds a philosophical common denominator in the thought of the pre-Socratic philosopher, Zeno of Elea. Schrempp suggests that the paradoxes of Zeno, together with the philosophical speculations that they have historically inspired, contain sophisticated insights which are nevertheless general enough to form the foundations of a comparative cosmology.
Schrempp suggests that the most noteworthy Zenoian insight is that paradox is intrinsic to cosmological speculation. But he points out that there are many other characteristics of Zeno's approach, including the strategy of juxtaposing concrete images to mathematical forms of representation, that reappear persistently in Western intellectual history. He proceeds through a series of juxtapositions between non-Western and Western cosmologists to highlight subtle similarities and differences among intellectual traditions and to examine the conceptual apparatus of Western social science.
Schrempp concludes that a meaningful comparative cosmology is possible and that the tradition of Zeno provides a propitious starting point for such a perspective.
Subject Zeno, of Elea.
Cosmology, Ancient.
Mythology, Maori.
Cosmology, Maori.
ISBN 0299132307 (hbk.)