Sunday, 7 April 2013

African-American Philosophy, Race, and the Geography of Reason

Lewis Gordon
by Lewis Gordon, 2006

African-American philosophy has been one of the most recently developed areas of theoretical reflection in African-American Studies. Its emergence is in many ways marked by the  realization of many scholars that philosophy offered much to the enterprise of studying the  African diaspora, and the unique categories of thought endemic to that diaspora offers many challenges to modern and contemporary philosophy. Central in this development has been the importance of philosophical anthropology in the study of race and the challenges posed by race to our understanding of philosophical anthropology. Added to this insight is the anxiety that is a function of studying Africana communities and the ideas they stimulate. 

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