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Relational Ontologies


Barbara Thayer-Bacon

Relational Ontologies uses the metaphor of a fishing net to represent the epistemological and ontological beliefs that we weave together for our children, to give meaning to their experiences and to help sustain them in their lives. The book describes the epistemological threads we use to help determine what we catch up in our net as the warp threads, and our ontological threads as the weft threads. It asks: what kind of fishing nets are we weaving for our children to help them make sense of their experiences? What weft threads are we including and working to strengthen, and what threads are we removing or leaving out? It is important to carefully re/examine these most basic ways of catching up what sustains us in our ocean of infinite experiences, as the threads we weave for our children will determine what they catch up in their nets, until they are old enough to re/weave their own. Relational Ontologies reweaves America’s epistemological and ontological fishing net on a larger scale, turning to indigenous cultures and diverse spiritual beliefs for assistance in reforming American schools.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Thayer-Bacon, Barbara J., author. Title: Relational ontologies / Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Series: Counterpoints: studies in criticality; vol. 505 | ISSN 1058-1634 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016041487 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3223-0 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3222-3 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1723-7 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3928-4 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3929-1 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Ontology. | Knowledge, Theory of. Classification: LCC BD331 .T5125 2017 | DDC 111—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/ 978-1-4539-1723-7 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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