Teaching Philosophy 44 (1):1-10 (2021)

Christopher Buckman
Indiana University Kokomo
Introductory courses in political philosophy would benefit from the incorporation of material on the Iroquois Great Law of Peace, including the story of the foundation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Classroom study of this tradition will serve several purposes: introducing a valuable account of political phenomena such as negotiation, consensus, veto, and rational communication; contributing to the diversity of syllabi; tracing the influence of Iroquois law on Western political institutions; and comparing the Haudenosaunee story to early modern social contract theory, especially Hobbes’ Leviathan. This paper draws connections to relevant topics in a standard, historically-oriented course and suggests learning resources and objectives.
Keywords Iroquois  Haudenosaunee  Political Philosophy  Teaching  Indigenous philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/teachphil2020122134
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