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978-1-4985-6815-9 • Hardback • April 2018 • $122.00 • (£94.00)
978-1-4985-6816-6 • eBook • April 2018 • $115.50 • (£89.00)
Zayin Cabot is lecturer of philosophy and religion at California State University, East Bay.
Preface: A Note on Terminology
Introduction: Participatory Philosophia and our Planetary Predicament
1. Decolonial Mutations
2. Whitehead, Creativity, and Agential Functions
3. A Participatory Raft
4. Ecologizing Language: A Neo-Whorfian Agential Approach
5. Agential Bricolage: A Neostructuralist Hunch
6. Agential Participation: Toward Freedom and Concern
7. Participatory Knowing, Ecologizing Ethics
8. Mystics, Mutants, and Co-Authored Gods
9. Shamanic Perspectivism and Comparative Method
10. Talismanic Thinking as Comparative Method
Conclusion: A Guest Protocol
This a book that is impossible to capture in some neat established academic sound-bite, mostly because its multiple claims are all quite impossible—impossible, that is, within our present Western and colonized ways of speaking, thinking, and being. If we can imagine ourselves outside or after that framework, we might say that the book, like its author, is a shaman, and a diviner, and a traveler among worlds, including future worlds. The vision of the human (and nonhuman) that emerges through these words and worlds is unabashedly global, comparative, moral, and magical. Here is a weird and wonderful book in which everything is alive and even the stones tell stories. Really.
— Jeffrey J. Kripal, Rice University
This is a revolutionary book that combines the sensibilities of the scholar and the shaman. It boldly challenges us to entertain the feasibility of ontologically thick multiple worlds in creatively enriching and eco-sensitive ways. Engaging the works of authors as diverse as Alfred North Whitehead, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, and Jeffrey J. Kripal, Ecologies of Participation demonstrates the fruitfulness of a genuinely transdisciplinary, decolonial thinking in casting new light on an impressive array of philosophical and cross-cultural dilemmas. Cabot’s invitation to inhabit multiple ecologies is as timely as it is essential for our unprecedentedly planetary times.
— Jorge N. Ferrer, California Institute of Integral Studies
A joyful, verve-driven contribution to the conversation about the role of ontological difference in getting a handle on what used to be called cultural diversity. Impressive in its scope and ambition, this book takes the whole debate about ontology in the humanities and social sciences to places it’s never been before.
— Martin Holbraad, University College London