African/Africana Philosophy

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  1. added 2018-03-29
    Black Bodies Matter: A Reading of Ta-Nahisis Coates's Between the World and Me.Jill Gordon - 2017 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 38 (1):199-221.
    Some scholars read the black body as constructed by white consciousness or perceptions; Coates indicates, to the contrary, that violence against the black body and threats to black embodiment ground and make possible particular ideations of race and (white) American self-concepts. Coates takes an implicitly anti-Hegelian, anti-DuBoisian stance against any spirit or history that might redeem or affirm the black body as the grounding of black experience. Like repeated speech-acts, bodily violence is “world creating.” Although material treatment of bodies and (...)
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  2. added 2018-03-17
    The Color of Childhood: The Role of the Child/Human Binary in the Production of Anti-Black Racism.Toby Rollo - 2018 - Journal of Black Studies:1-20.
    The binary between the figure of the child and the fully human being is invoked with regularity in analyses of race, yet its centrality to the conception of race has never been fully explored. For most commentators, the figure of the child operates as a metaphoric or rhetorical trope, a non-essential strategic tool in the perpetuation of White supremacy. As I show in the following, the child/human binary does not present a contingent or merely rhetorical construction but, rather, a central (...)
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  3. added 2018-03-16
    Is It Wrong to Topple Statues and Rename Schools?Joanna Burch-Brown - 2017 - Journal of Political Theory and Philosophy 1 (1):59-88.
    In recent years, campaigns across the globe have called for the removal of objects symbolic of white supremacy. This paper examines the ethics of altering or removing such objects. Do these strategies sanitize history, destroy heritage and suppress freedom of speech? Or are they important steps towards justice? Does removing monuments and renaming schools reflect a lack of parity and unfairly erase local identities? Or can it sometimes be morally required, as an expression of respect for the memories of people (...)
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  4. added 2018-03-09
    Teaching African Philosophy Alongside Western Philosophy: Some Advice About Topics and Texts.Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In S. H. Kumalo & Vasu Reddy (eds.), Democratic Violence – Power, Legitimacy and Injustice in Higher Education. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.
    Reprint of an article that initially appeared in the South African Journal of Philosophy (2016).
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  5. added 2018-03-08
    How to Ground Animal Rights on African Values: A Constructive Approach.Thaddeus Metz - 2018 - In Edwin Etieyibo (ed.), Method, Substance and the Future of African Philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 275-290.
    Reprinted with minor modifications from an article first appearing in the Journal of Animal Ethics (2017).
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  6. added 2018-03-05
    Personhood and (Rectification) Justice in African Thought.Motsamai Molefe - 2018 - Politikon:1- 18.
    This article invokes the idea of personhood (which it takes to be at the heart of Afrocommunitarian morality) to give an account of corrective/rectification justice. The idea of rectification justice by Robert Nozick is used heuristically to reveal the moral-theoretical resources availed by the idea of personhood to think about historical injustices and what would constitute a meaningful remedy for them. This notion of personhood has three facets: (1) a theory of moral status/dignity, (2) an account of historical conditions and (...)
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  7. added 2018-03-05
    Anton Wilhelm Amo: The African Philosopher in 18th Europe.Dwight Lewis - 2018 - Blog of The American Philosophical Association.
    Anton Wilhelm Amo (c. 1700 – c. 1750) – born in West Africa, enslaved, and then gifted to the Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel – became the first African to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy at a European university. He went on to teach philosophy at the Universities of Halle and Jena. On the 16th of April, 1734, at the University of Wittenberg, he defended his dissertation, De Humanae Mentis Apatheia (On the Impassivity of the Human Mind), in which Amo investigates the (...)
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    A Defence of Moderate Communitarianism: A Place of Rights in African Moral-Political Thought.Motsamai Molefe - 2018 - Phronimon 18:181 - 203.
    This article attempts to defend Kwame Gyekye’s moderate communitarianism (MC) from the trenchant criticism that it is as defective as radical communitarianism (RC) since they both fail to take rights seriously. As part of my response, I raise two critical questions. Firstly, I question the supposition in the literature that there is such a thing as radical communitarianism. I point out that talk of radical communitarianism is tantamount to attacking a “straw-man.” Secondly, I question the efficacy of the criticism that (...)
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    The African Origins of Greek Philosophy: Ancient Egypt in Retrospect.Nicholas Anakwue - 2017 - Phronimon 18:167-180.
    The demand of philosophizing in Africa has faced a history of criticism that has been particularly Eurocentric and strongly biased. However, that trend is changing with the emergence of core philosophical thinking in Africa. This paper is an attempt to articulate a singular issue in this evolution— the originality of African philosophy, through ancient Egypt and its influence on Greek philosophy. The paper sets about this task by first exposing the historical debate on the early beginnings of the philosophical enterprise, (...)
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  10. added 2018-02-24
    Frantz Fanon: Política y poética del sujeto poscolonial de Alejandro de Oto: Un Comentario.Marina P. Banchetti - 2005 - Caribbean Studies/Estudios Del Caribe/Études de la Caraïbe 33 (2):227-232.
  11. added 2018-02-17
    The Anti-Imperialism of Ottobah Cugoano.Tacuma Peters - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):61-82.
    This article argues that the work of Ottobah Cugoano provides readers with a robust anti-imperial analysis of European modernity. For Cugoano, slavery and colonialism are coeval and mutually constitutive processes. I argue that Cugoano’s Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evils of Slavery which has been accepted as a tract of radical abolitionism should also be interpreted as an anti-imperial text. I contend that we must attend to the global scope of Cugoano’s anti-imperialism which includes critiques of European colonialism in Asia, (...)
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  12. added 2018-02-17
    In Light of the Master.Gamal Abdel-Shehid & Zahir Kolia - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):175-192.
    While there has been significant literature concerning the relationship between Frantz Fanon and European philosophy; particularly, Marxism, psychoanalysis, phenomenology and existentialism, there has been little work addressing the influence of Aimé Césaire to Fanon’s work. In this essay we argue that Césaire’s ethical sensibility concerning freedom and transformation had a major role in shaping Fanon’s thought. We suggest that Césaire’s work cannot be reduced to an essentialist reading of blackness, or a retrograde form of African nativism. Rather, we argue his (...)
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    Book Discussion.George Ciccariello-Maher - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):333-337.
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    Partial Hegemony as Ideological Negotiation.Katherine A. Gordy - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):351-358.
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    The Dialectic of Emancipatory Politics and African Subjective Potentiality.Michael Neocosmos - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):13-42.
    All politics, if it is to be emancipatory, must exhibit a dialectic of expressive and excessive thought. The absence of the dialectic implies the absence of a politics. The same point can be made by stressing that, in emancipatory politics, thought and practice are indistinguishable. The dialectic here concerns an emancipatory politics latent in excluded popular African traditions. Such latency means that a potentiality for dialectical thought often already exists within African traditions. Yet it can only be activated in struggle. (...)
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  16. added 2018-02-17
    Immanence, Nonbeing, and Truth in the Work of Fanon.Dan Wood - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):211-244.
    The present essay examines three apparent contradictions to arise in Fanon’s work regarding his operative critique of religion, ontology, and theory of truth. I review some of the prevailing evaluations of these apparent contradictions, and then argue that said interpretations of Fanon do not stand up to close textual and historical scrutiny. I then dissolve the aforementioned apparent contradictions and provide more adequate approaches to interpreting their theoretical significance in such a way as to highlight the internal coherence and force (...)
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    Living Ideology and the Limits of Contestation.Angélica Maria Bernal - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):325-328.
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    Uncertainty, Between Fear and Hope.Boaventura de Sousa Santos - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):5-11.
    We are living in a period where the balanced interdependence of fear and hope seems to have collapsed as a result of the growing polarization between the world of hopeless fear and the world of fearless hope. It is a world where uncertainties tend to become abysmal ones which, for the poor and powerless, ultimately translate into unjust fate and, for the rich and powerful, a reckless mission to appropriate the world. Under the present circumstances, the revolt and the struggle (...)
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    Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks.Vivaldi Jean-Marie - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):193-210.
    This piece argues that Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks inscribes the social and psychological experience of the African Diaspora within the conceptual purview of the western sciences by the means of psychoanalytical and philosophical concepts. The upshots of Fanon’s goal are twofold. Its first implication is that in employing psychoanalytical and philosophical lingo, Fanon commits to delineating a distinct tenet of self-determination for the African Diaspora. Such tenet of self-determination consists in a set of norms, beliefs, socio-cultural, and political practices. (...)
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    New Beginning Movement.Matthew Quest - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):267-305.
    The New Beginning Movement in Trinidad functioned as a voice of direct democracy and workers self-management through popular assemblies, and as a global coordinating council of a Pan-Caribbean International with linkages across the region, in Britain, the United States, and Canada. A crucial philosophical and strategic leaven in the 1970 Black Power Revolt led by Geddes Granger’s and Dave Darbeau’s National Joint Action Committee and the 1975 United Labour Front in Trinidad, NBM aspired to interpret Afro-Trinidadians and Indo-Trinidadians equally, and (...)
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  21. added 2018-02-17
    From Modern Constitutionalism to New Latin American Decolonial Constitutionalism.César Augusto Baldi - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):307-322.
    It is not easy for modern constitutionalism to recognize diversity in different countries. In the years since 1982, a “pluralist horizon” appeared in Latin American constitutions and now it is time to discuss the existence—or not—of a new constitutionalism in this region, especially after the main innovations have been made in the constitutional process in Bolivia and Ecuador.
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    A Critical Analysis of Aldon Morris’s The Scholar Denied: W. E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology.George K. Danns - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):361-380.
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  23. added 2018-02-17
    Anna Julia Cooper’s Analysis of the Haitian Revolution.Nathifa Greene - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):83-104.
    Anna Julia Cooper has gained wider recognition in philosophy, thanks to the work of black feminist scholars, generating increased interest in Cooper’s ideas on race, gender, education, and social problems in the United States. However, the global scope of Cooper’s political theory has not yet received sufficient attention. Cooper’s 1925 dissertation is an analysis of slavery and the Haitian revolution, which demonstrates the fundamental contradictions within French enlightenment discourses of liberty. Cooper shows how European discourses of liberty were hampered by (...)
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  24. added 2018-02-17
    Poet-Shamanic Aesthetics in the Work of Gloria Anzaldúa and Wilson Harris.Melanie Otto - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):135-156.
    Western intellectuals since the Enlightenment have tended to push non-Western forms of knowing to the margins of intellectual discourse and into the realm of myth and folklore. Although postcolonial criticism within and outside of the Americas challenges binary thinking and hegemonic political structures, it frequently does so within the framework of Western scholarly practice. The writings of Wilson Harris and Gloria Anzaldúa, while originating in different “American” contexts, are rooted in an indigenous-inflected episteme and address new ways of producing theory (...)
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    The Principle of Impossibility of the Living Subject and Nature.Jorge Zúñiga M. - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):43-59.
    Is it possible to ground universal ineluctable principles related to social reality? How should these principles be formulated from a Latin-American perspective of critical thought? What do they consist of? This paper focuses on answering these questions. The theoretical framework presented here is taken from the arguments and philosophical perspectives of two Latin-American critical thinkers: Enrique Dussel and Franz Hinkelammert. In this context, the arguments which are relevant are those linked to life as presupposition of human action. The purpose here (...)
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    Trabajando y Estudiando Para Ser El Hombre Total.Derefe Kimarley Chevannes - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):343-349.
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  27. added 2018-02-17
    The Brutal Dialectics of Underdevelopment.Andrew J. Douglas - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):245-266.
    This essay surveys the writings of Walter Rodney, the late Guyanese scholar-activist, in an effort to elicit a distinctive way of thinking politically about underdevelopment. Focusing on a range of primary sources, including a series of unpublished notes and lectures on Marxism and development theory, I consider how Rodney’s engagement with the concrete struggles of Black people informed his appropriation of historical materialism. An avowed “Black Marxist” working at the onset of the neocolonial order, Rodney suggested that collective human development, (...)
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    Book Discussion.Antoni Kapcia - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):339-342.
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  29. added 2018-02-17
    Undoing the Phaedrus.Michael E. Sawyer - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):157-174.
    Readers of C.L.R. James are familiar with the thinker’s careful reading of Melville’s Moby-Dick in his text Mariners, Renegades, and Castaways. In that work James proposes that Melville exposes the foundations of societal level fascism as exemplified by the monomaniacal purpose of Ahab. The purpose of this effort is to push further into the concept of societal division as exemplified by Moby-Dick by proposing that Melville is taking on the discourse of color and its relationship to ontological value by imploding (...)
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    Agency and Afro-Caribbean Existential Discourse.Lawrence O. Bamikole - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):107-133.
    Paget Henry’s narratives about the domains of existence in relation to human/social agency raise interesting issues about the theory and praxis of Afro-Caribbean existential discourse. In it, even when the relationships between agency and the material, social and spiritual domains of existence were thematized differently according to the different phases of Afro-Caribbean philosophical thought, the problematic of agency among the three domains raises similar questions across the different phases of Afro-Caribbean philosophy in relation to the theory and praxis of Afro-Caribbean (...)
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    Seeking Cuban Politics Beyond the State.Joseph de la Torre Dwyer - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):329-332.
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    Du Bois, Capitalism and Classical Sociology.Paget Henry - 2017 - Clr James Journal 23 (1-2):381-394.
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  33. added 2018-02-10
    Must African Communitarianism Occlude Difference?Thaddeus Metz - forthcoming - In Elvis Imafidon (ed.), Handbook of the African Philosophy of Difference. Springer.
    There has been the recurrent suspicion that community, harmony, cohesion and similar relational goods as understood in the African ethical tradition threaten to occlude difference. Often it has been Western defenders of liberty who have raised the concern that these characteristically sub-Saharan values fail to account adequately for individuality, although some contemporary African thinkers have expressed the same concern. In this chapter, I provide a certain understanding of the sub-Saharan value of communal relationship and demonstrate that it entails a substantial (...)
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