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By James Maffie

In Aztec Philosophy, James Maffie finds a hugely subtle and systematic Aztec philosophy precious of attention along ecu philosophies in their time. Bringing jointly the fields of comparative global philosophy and Mesoamerican reports, Maffie excavates the pretty philosophical elements of Aztec thought.
Aztec Philosophy specializes in the methods Aztec metaphysics—the Aztecs’ knowing of the character, constitution and structure of reality—underpinned Aztec pondering knowledge, ethics, politics,\ and aesthetics, and served as a backdrop for Aztec spiritual practices in addition to daily actions corresponding to weaving, farming, and conflict. Aztec metaphysicians conceived fact and cosmos as a grand, ongoing means of weaving—theirs used to be an international in movement. Drawing upon linguistic, ethnohistorical, archaeological, historic, and modern ethnographic proof, Maffie argues that Aztec metaphysics maintained a processive, transformational, and non-hierarchical view of truth, time, and lifestyles besides a pantheistic theology.
Aztec Philosophy can be of serious curiosity to Mesoamericanists, philosophers, religionists, folklorists, and Latin Americanists in addition to scholars of indigenous philosophy, faith, and paintings of the Americas.

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Teotl does not exist outside of space and time. It is as concrete and immediate as the water we drink, air we breathe, and food we eat. Teotl is neither abstract nor transcendent. Third, teotl is metaphysically homogeneous, consisting of just one kind of stuff: always actual, actualized, and actualizing energy-in-motion. The fact that teotl has various aspects does not gainsay its homogeneity. Teotl does not bifurcate into two essentially different kinds of stuff – “natural” and “supernatural” – and thus neither do reality and cosmos.

Teotl does not exist apart from the natural or the commonplace. It is one with both. The concept of teotl is also incompatible with a natural versus supernatural dualism. ” The ordinary processes of everyday nature are simply the processing of teotl. In short, Codrington’s conception of mana presupposes several dualisms which, although deeply entrenched in Western theologies and metaphysics, are not shared by Aztec metaphysics. Jorge Klor de Alva, like Townsend and Hvidtfeldt, places teotl at the heart of Aztec religiosity and a fortiori Aztec metaphysics.

Teotl does not exist outside of space and time. It is as concrete and immediate as the water we drink, air we breathe, and food we eat. Teotl is neither abstract nor transcendent. Third, teotl is metaphysically homogeneous, consisting of just one kind of stuff: always actual, actualized, and actualizing energy-in-motion. The fact that teotl has various aspects does not gainsay its homogeneity. Teotl does not bifurcate into two essentially different kinds of stuff – “natural” and “supernatural” – and thus neither do reality and cosmos.

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