Philosophy in an African Place
Over the past few decades, there has been much effort put forth by philosophers to answer the question, “Is there an African philosophy?” Bruce B. Janz boldly changes this central question to “What is it to do philosophy in this (African) place?” in Philosophy in an African Place. Janz argues that African philosophy has spent a lot of time trying to define what African philosophy is, and in doing so has ironically been unable to properly conceptualize African lived experience. He goes on to claim that such conceptualization can only occur when the central question is changed from the spatial to a new, platial one.
(Lexington Books, 2009, 2011)
A Neurophenomenology of Awe and Wonder: Towards a Non-Reductive Cognitive Science
This book presents a study of the various feelings of awe and wonder experienced by astronauts during space flight. It summarizes the results of two experimental, interdisciplinary studies that employ methods from neuroscience, psychology, phenomenology and simulation technology, and it argues for a non-reductionist approach to cognitive science.
with Shaun Gallagher, Bruce Janz, Lauren Reinerman, Patricia Bockelman, Jörg Trempler
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
Place, Space and Hermeneutics
Bruce Janz, ed. 37 chapters
This book analyzes the hermeneutics of place, raising questions about central issues such as textuality, dialogue, and play. It discusses the central figures in the development of hermeneutics and place, and surveys disciplines and areas in which a hermeneutic approach to place has been fruitful. It covers the range of philosophical hermeneutic theory, both within philosophy itself as well as from other disciplines. In doing so, the volume reflects the state of theorization on these issues, and also looks forward to the implications and opportunities that exist. Philosophical hermeneutics has fundamentally altered philosophy’s approach to place. Issues such as how we dwell in place, how place is imagined, created, preserved, and lost, and how philosophy itself exists in place have become central. While there is much research applying hermeneutics to place, there is little which both reflects on that heritage and critically analyzes a hermeneutic approach to place. This book fills that void by offering a sustained analysis of the central elements, major figures, and disciplinary applications of hermeneutics and place.
(Springer Press, 2017)
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