Robert F. Williams and Militant Civil Rights

Radical Philosophy Review 18 (1):45-68 (2015)

Max Kelleher
University of St. Andrews
Robert F. Williams, despite being a central historical figure and noted theorist of the Black radical tradition, is ignored as a subject of philosophical relevance and political theory. His challenges to the racist segregationist regime of the South influenced generations of thinkers and revolutionaries. However he is erased from the annals of thought for his use of armed resistance. This paper aims to introduce his life and work to philosophy as material for study and situate his program of pre-emptive self-defense within the Black radical tradition.
Keywords Social and Political Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 1388-4441
DOI 10.5840/radphilrev20153432
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