This wide-ranging, multidisciplinary collection of newly commissioned articles brings together distinguished voices in the field of Africana philosophy and African-American social and political thought.
- Provides a comprehensive critical survey of African-American philosophical thought.
- Collects wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, newly commissioned articles in one authoritative volume.
- Serves as a benchmark work of reference for courses in philosophy, social and political thought, cultural studies, and African-American studies.
About the Author
Tommy L. Lott is Professor of Philosophy at San José State University. He is author of The Invention of Race (Blackwell, 1999), editor of Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy (1998), African-American Philosophy (2001), and co-editor of The Idea of Race (2000), and Philosophers on Race (Blackwell, 2002).
John P. Pittman is Chair of the Department of Art, Music, and Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He is editor of African-American Perspectives and Philosophical Traditions (1996) and Associate Editor of the journal Philosophia Africana.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors viii
Part I Philosophic Traditions
Introduction to Part I 3
1 Philosophy and the Afro-American Experience 7 CORNEL WEST
2 African-American Existential Philosophy 33 LEWIS R. GORDON
3 African-American Philosophy: A Caribbean Perspective 48 PAGET HENRY
4 Modernisms in Black 67 FRANK M. KIRKLAND
5 The Crisis of the Black Intellectual 87 HORTENSE J. SPILLERS
Part II The Moral and Political Legacy of Slavery
Introduction to Part II 107
6 Kant and Knowledge of Disappearing Expression 110 RONALD A. T. JUDY
7 Social Contract Theory, Slavery, and the Antebellum Courts 125 ANITA L. ALLEN AND THADDEUS POPE
8 The Morality of Reparations II 134 BERNARD R. BOXILL
Part III Africa and Diaspora Thought
Introduction to Part III 151
9 “Afrocentricity”: Critical Considerations 155 LUCIUS T. OUTLAW, JR.
10 African Retentions 168 TOMMY L. LOTT
11 African Philosophy at the Turn of the Century 190 ALBERT G. MOSLEY
Part IV Gender, Race, and Racism
Introduction to Part IV 199
12 Some Group Matters: Intersectionality, Situated Standpoints, and Black Feminist Thought 205 PATRICIA HILL COLLINS
13 Radicalizing Feminisms from “The Movement Era” 230 JOY A. JAMES
14 Philosophy and Racial Paradigms 239 NAOMI ZACK
15 Racial Classification and Public Policy 255 DAVID THEO GOLDBERG
16 White Supremacy 269 CHARLES W. MILLS
Part V Legal and Social Philosophy
Introduction to Part V 285
17 Self-Respect, Fairness, and Living Morally 293 LAURENCE M. THOMAS
18 The Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson 306 MICHELE MOODY-ADAMS
19 Some Reflections on the Brown Decision and Its Aftermath 313 HOWARD McGARY
20 Contesting the Ambivalence and Hostility to Affirmative Action within the Black Community 324 LUKE C. HARRIS
21 Subsistence Welfare Benefits as Property Interests: Legal Theories and Moral Considerations 333 RUDOLPH V. VANTERPOOL
22 Racism and Health Care: A Medical Ethics Issue 349 ANNETTE DULA
23 Racialized Punishment and Prison Abolition 360 ANGELA Y. DAVIS
Part VI Aesthetic and Cultural Values
Introduction to Part VI 373
24 The Harlem Renaissance and Philosophy 381 LEONARD HARRIS
25 Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Black Modernity 386 LORENZO C. SIMPSON
26 Black Cinema and Aesthetics 399 CLYDE R. TAYLOR
27 Thanatic Pornography, Interracial Rape, and the Ku Klux Klan 407 T. DENEAN SHARPLEY-WHITING
28 Lynching and Burning Rituals in African-American Literature 413 TRUDIER HARRIS-LOPEZ
29 Rap as Art and Philosophy 419 RICHARD SHUSTERMAN
30 Microphone Commandos: Rap Music and Political Ideology 429 BILL E. LAWSON
31 Sports, Political Philosophy, and the African American 436 GERALD EARLY
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