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Tommy J. Curry
University of Edinburgh
  1. Decolonizing the Intersection: Black Male Studies as a Critique of Intersectionality’s Indebtedness to Subculture of Violence Theory.Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - In Robert Beshara (ed.), Critical Psychology Praxis: Psychosocial Non-Alignment to Modernity/Coloniality. New York: pp. 132-154.
    Intersectionality has utilized various feminist theories that continue subculture of violence thinking about Black men and boys. While intersectional feminists often claim that intersectionality leads to a clearer social analysis of power and hierarchies throughout society and within groups, the categories and claims of intersectionality fail to distinguish themselves from previously racist theories that sought to explain race, class, and gender, based on subcultural values. This article is the first to interrogate the theories used to construct the gendered categories and (...)
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    The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood.Tommy J. Curry - 2017 - Philadelphia, PA, USA: Temple University Press.
    Tommy J. Curry’s provocative book The Man-Not is a justification for Black Male Studies and won the 2018 American Book Award. He posits that we should conceptualize the Black male as a victim, oppressed by his sex. The Man-Not, therefore, is a corrective of sorts, offering a concept of Black males that could challenge the existing accounts of Black men and boys desiring the power of white men who oppress them that has been proliferated throughout academic research across disciplines. -/- (...)
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    Killing Boogeymen: Phallicism and the Misandric Mischaracterizations of Black Males in Theory.Tommy J. Curry - 2018 - Res Philosophica 95 (2):235-272.
    Black males have been characterized as violent, misogynist, predatory rapists by gender theorists dating back to mid-nineteenth–century ethnologists to contemporary intersectional feminists. These caricatures of Black men and boys are not rooted in any actual studies or empirical findings, but the stereotypes found throughout various racist social scientific literatures that held Black males to be effeminate while nonetheless hyper-masculine and delinquent. This paper argues that contemporary gender theories not only deny the peculiar sexual oppression of racialized outgroup males under patriarchy, (...)
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  4. This Nigger's Broken: Hyper‐Masculinity, the Buck, and the Role of Physical Disability in White Anxiety Toward the Black Male Body.Tommy J. Curry - 2017 - Journal of Social Philosophy 48 (3):321-343.
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    Philosophy Born of Struggle.Tommy J. Curry & Leonard Harris - 2015 - Radical Philosophy Review 18 (1):1-10.
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  6. Royce, Racism, and the Colonial Ideal: White Supremacy and the Illusion of Civilization in Josiah Royce's Account of the White Man's Burden.Tommy J. Curry - 2009 - The Pluralist 4 (3):10 - 38.
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    She Touched Me: Five Snapshots of Adult Sexual Violations of Black Boys.Tommy J. Curry & Ebony A. Utley - 2018 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 28 (2):205-241.
    Imagine: A 15-year-old girl has sex with a 20-year-old man. It is her first sexual experience. Her first time having intercourse. She remembers that “he basically took it from me,” but feels an affection for the person and the event. She was not at the age of consent, but describes the experience as “just pleasure.” Was this rape or simply a man ushering a young girl into womanhood? Now imagine her as a 15-year-old boy and him to be a 20-year-old (...)
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    On Derelict and Method: The Methodological Crisis of African-American Philosophy’s Study of African-Descended Peoples Under an Integrationist Milieu.Tommy J. Curry - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review 14 (2):139-164.
    African-American/Africana philosophy has made a name for itself as a critical perspective on the inadequacies of European philosophical thought. While this polemical mode has certainly contributed to the questioning of and debates over the universalism of white philosophy, it has nonetheless left Africana philosophy dependent on these criticisms to justify its existence as “philosophical.” This practice has the effect of not only distracting Black philosophers from understanding the thought of their ancestors, but formulates the practice of Africana philosophy as “racial (...)
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  9. On the Perils of Race Neutrality and Anti-Blackness: Philosophy as an Irreconcilable Obstacle to Thought.Tommy J. Curry - 2018 - American Journal of Economics and Sociology 3 (77):657-687.
  10. Concerning the Underspecialization of Race Theory in American Philosophy: How the Exclusion of Black Sources Affects the Field.Tommy J. Curry - 2010 - The Pluralist 5 (1):44.
    Despite the recent rise in articles by American philosophers willing to deal with race, the sophistication of American philosophy's conceptualizations of American racism continues to lag behind other liberal arts fields committed to similar endeavors. Whereas other fields like American studies, history, sociology, and Black studies have found the foundational works of Black scholars essential to "truly" understanding the complexities of racism, American philosophy-driven by the refusal of white philosophers to acknowledge and incorporate the foundational works of Black scholars at (...)
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    Empirical or Imperial?: Issues in the Manipulation of Du Bois’ Intellectual Historiography in Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Lines of Descent.Tommy J. Curry - 2014 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 35 (1-2):391-419.
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    Please Don’T Make Me Touch ’Em: Towards a Critical Race Fanonianism as a Possible Justifi Cation for Violence Against Whiteness‘.Tommy J. Curry - 2007 - Radical Philosophy Today 5:133-158.
    The unchanging realities of race relations in the United States, recently highlighted by the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina, demonstrate that Black Americans are still not viewed, treated or protected as citizens in this country. The rates of poverty, disease and incarceration in Black communities have been recognized by some Critical Race Theorists as genocidal acts. Despite the appeal to the international community’s interpretation of human rights, Blacks are still the most impoverished and lethally targeted group in America. Given the “white (...)
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    Another White Man's Burden: Josiah Royce's Quest for a Philosophy of Racial Empire.Tommy J. Curry - 2018 - New York, NY, USA: SUNY Press.
    -/- Winner of the 2020 Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought, presented by the Josiah Royce Society, for demonstrating the extent to which Josiah Royce’s ideas about race were motivated explicitly in terms of imperial conquest. -/- Another white Man’s Burden performs a case study of Josiah Royce’s philosophy of racial difference. In an effort to lay bare the ethnological racial heritage of American philosophy, Tommy J. Curry challenges the common notion that the cultural racism of the twentieth century (...)
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  14. Another White Man's Burden Josiah Royce's Quest for a Philosophy of White Racial Empire.Tommy J. Curry - 2018 - New York, NY, USA: SUNY Press.
    Winner of the 2020 Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought presented by the Josiah Royce Society Another white Man’s Burden performs a case study of Josiah Royce’s philosophy of racial difference. In an effort to lay bare the ethnological racial heritage of American philosophy, Tommy J. Curry challenges the common notion that the cultural racism of the twentieth century was more progressive and less racist than the biological determinism of the 1800s. Like many white thinkers of his time, Royce (...)
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  15. Black Radical Nationalist Theory and Afrofuturism 2.0.Renaldo Anderson & Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - In Critical Black Futures: Speculative Theories and Explorations. New York, NY, USA: pp. 119-138.
  16. Back to the Woodshop: Black Education, Imperial Pedagogy, and Post-Racial Mythology Under the Reign of Obama.Tommy J. Curry - 2015 - Teacher's College Record 14 (117):27-52.
  17. Conditioned for Death: Analysing Black Mortalities From Covid-19 and Police Killings in the United States as a Syndemic Interaction.Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - Comparative American Studies An International Journal 17 (3-4):257-270.
    The Covid-19 pandemic has been analysed as a distinct from, but concurrent with, more typical racist events, such as police killings in the United States. This article argues that one can conceptualise these two events as inter-related and synergistically enhanced. Anti-Black racism is a dynamic that utilises different social inequalities and violent events to manage the Black population within the United States. This article suggests that theorists would benefit from a syndemic analysis of disease and anti-Black violence in future theorisations (...)
     
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  18. Expendables For Whom?: Terry Crews and the Erasure of Black Male Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape.Tommy J. Curry - 2019 - Women Studies in Communication Journal 3 (42):287-307.
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    From Rousseau's Theory of Natural Equality to Firmin's Resistance to the Historical Inequality of Races.Tommy J. Curry - 2009 - Clr James Journal 15 (1):135-163.
  20. He Never Mattered: Poor Black Males and the Dark Logic of Intersectional Invisibility.Tommy J. Curry - forthcoming - In The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford, UK: pp. 00-00.
  21. He Wasn’T Man Enough: Black Male Studies and the Ethnological Targeting of Black Men in 19th Century Suffragist Thought.Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - In African American Studies. Edinburgh, UK: pp. 209-224.
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    Hayti Was the Measure: Anti-Black Racism and the Echoes of Empire in Josiah Royce's Philosophy of Loyalty.Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - The Pluralist 16 (2):73-97.
    In 1814, Baron de Vastey wrote in The Colonial System Unveiled: “When Europeans came to the new world, their first steps were accompanied by crimes on a grand scale, massacres, the destruction of empires, the obliteration of entire nations from the ranks of the living”. Jean Louis Vastey was a Black Haytien man born in 1781, who assumed the role of an administrator in Hayti after Jean-Jacques Dessalines freed the island from European rule. The Haytien Revolution, which was fought from (...)
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    It’s a Criticism... Because “I” Said So?: A Reply to Lucius Outlaw’s Defense of Status Quo Disciplinarity.Tommy J. Curry - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review 14 (2):175-176.
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    It’s for the Kids: The Sociological Significance of W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Brownies’ Books and Their Philosophical Relevance for Our Understanding of Gender in the Ethnological Age.Tommy J. Curry - 2015 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 36 (1):27-57.
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    It’s Still Black in the Details: Reflections on Robert Birt’s Interrogation of “On Derelict and Method”.Tommy J. Curry - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review 14 (2):169-170.
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    It’s Still Black in the Details: Reflections on Robert Birt’s Interrogation of “On Derelict and Method”.Tommy J. Curry - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review 14 (2):169-170.
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  27. I’M Too Real For Yah: Krumpin’ as a Culturalogical Exploration of Black Aesthetic Submergence.Tommy J. Curry - 2009 - Radical Philosophy Review 12 (1-2):61-77.
    I am interested in looking at Krumpin’ through what I am calling the “politics of submergence.” If my world is chaotic, if my Blackness is my murderer, can I be expected to create beauty? Can my art be transformative? My paper argues that Krumpin’ is in fact transformative, not to the extent that it perpetuates hope, but maintains its social pessimism. In accepting both the conditions that have sustained the racial marginalization of African descended people, and the impotence of this (...)
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    I’M Too Real For Yah: Krumpin’ as a Culturalogical Exploration of Black Aesthetic Submergence.Tommy J. Curry - 2009 - Radical Philosophy Review 12 (1-2):61-77.
    I am interested in looking at Krumpin’ through what I am calling the “politics of submergence.” If my world is chaotic, if my Blackness is my murderer, can I be expected to create beauty? Can my art be transformative? My paper argues that Krumpin’ is in fact transformative, not to the extent that it perpetuates hope, but maintains its social pessimism. In accepting both the conditions that have sustained the racial marginalization of African descended people, and the impotence of this (...)
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  29. If U Don't Know—Now U Know?Tommy J. Curry - 2008 - In Benjamin Hale (ed.), Philosophy Looks at Chess. Open Court Press. pp. 137.
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  30. Michael Brown and the Need for a Genre Study of Black Male Death and Dying.Tommy J. Curry - 2014 - Theory and Event 3 (17).
     
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    II—Must There Be an Empirical Basis for the Theorization of Racialized Subjects in Race-Gender Theory?Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 121 (1):21-44.
    This article argues that non-ideal theory fails to deliver on its promise of providing a more accurate account of the real world by which philosophers can address problems of racism, sexual violence, and poverty. Because non-ideal theory relies on abstractions of groups which are idealized as causes for social phenomena, non-idealists imagine that categories like race or gender predict how groups behave in the real world. This article maintains that non-idealist abstractions often result in inaccuracy and makes the case that (...)
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  32. Please Don’T Make Me Touch ’Em: Towards a Critical Race Fanonianism as a Possible Justifi Cation for Violence Against Whiteness.Tommy J. Curry - 2007 - Radical Philosophy Today 2007:133-158.
    The unchanging realities of race relations in the United States, recently highlighted by the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina, demonstrate that Black Americans are still not viewed, treated or protected as citizens in this country. The rates of poverty, disease and incarceration in Black communities have been recognized by some Critical Race Theorists as genocidal acts. Despite the appeal to the international community’s interpretation of human rights, Blacks are still the most impoverished and lethally targeted group in America. Given the “white (...)
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    Penning Dissent: The Methodological and Historiographic Motivations Behind the Writing of Another White Man's Burden.Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - The Pluralist 16 (2):10-21.
    Over the last decade, my interest in Josiah Royce has been motivated by a question: What is the relationship between historical and verifiable facts and philosophical interpretation or theory? This question is of tremendous consequence in philosophy since the discipline requires no empirical or archival evidence to substantiate the arguments that are made for or against a “specific philosopher” or thinker beyond the impression the philosopher and other philosophers have made about the “specific philosopher under scrutiny.” When it comes to (...)
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  34. "Shut Your Mouth When You're Talking to Me: Silencing the Idealist School of Critical Race Theory Through a Culturalogic Turn in Jurisprudence.Tommy J. Curry - 2011 - Georgetown Law Journal of Modern Critical Race Studies 1 (3):1-38.
     
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  35. Racist Democracies.Tommy J. Curry - 2020 - The Philosophers' Magazine 90 (3):36-43.
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    Robert F. Williams and Militant Civil Rights.Tommy J. Curry & Max Kelleher - 2015 - Radical Philosophy Review 18 (1):45-68.
    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 (...)
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    Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege.Tommy J. Curry - 2006 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 34 (105):43-47.
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    Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege. [REVIEW]Tommy J. Curry - 2006 - Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 34 (105):43-47.
  39. “She’s Just a Friend (with Benefits): Examining the Significance of Black American Boys’ Partner Choice for Initial Sexual Intercourse”.Tommy J. Curry - 2020 - In Reimagining Black Masculinities and Public Space: Essays on Race, Gender and Social Activism. Lanham, MD 20706, USA: pp. 33-52..
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    The Black Radical Tradition as an Inspiration for Organizing the Themes of Radical Philosophy: Guest Editors' Introduction.Tommy J. Curry & Richard A. Jones - 2014 - Radical Philosophy Review 17 (1):1-16.
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  41. The Derelictical Crisis of African American Philosophy: How African American Philosophy Fails to Contribute to the Study of African-Descended People.Tommy J. Curry - 2011 - Radical Philosophy Review 3 (42):314-333.
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    There is No Race Problem: Theorizing the Absence of Racial and Ethnic Disparity Data in Scotland After COVID-19.Tommy J. Curry - 2021 - In Scotland After the Virus. Edinburgh, UK: pp. 195-202.
  43. Taking It to the People: Translating Empirical Findings About Black Men and Black Families to 21st Century Black Americans.Tommy J. Curry - 2018 - Journal of Dewey Studies 1 (2):42-71.
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    The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris: Selected Readings From the African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization.Tommy J. Curry - 2016 - Rowman & Littlefield International.
    With a full introduction and textual commentary, this volume introduces William H. Ferris’s The African Abroad, a treatise on racial idealism, Black ethnology, and the evolution of Blacks from Negro to Negrosaxon, presenting the first evidence of a Black American idealist and evolutionary thinker in philosophy.
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  45. Thinking Through the Silence: Theorizing the Rape of Jewish Males During the Holocaust Through Survivor Testimonies.Tommy J. Curry - 2020 - Holocaust Studies 1 (1):1-27.
    Over the last several decades there has been an attempt to gender genocide by focusing on sexual as well as lethal violence during the Holocaust. While there has been tremendous consideration of women's experience of rape and sexual abuse during the Holocaust, the rape of men had not been previously engaged as a matter of study or archival investigation. This article is the first to study the rape of Jewish men and boys during the Holocaust through survivor testimonies and theorize (...)
     
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  46. Will the Real CRT Please Stand Up? The Dangers of Philosophical Contributions to CRT.Tommy J. Curry - 2009 - Crit: A Critical Legal Studies Journal:1-47.
    The recent pop culture iconography of the Critical Race Theory (CRT) label has attracted more devoted (white) fans than a 90s boy band. In philosophy, this trend is evidenced by the growing number of white feminists who extend their work in gender analogically to questions of race and identity. The trend is further evidenced by the unchecked use of the CRT label to describe (1) any work dealing with postcolonial authors like W.E.B. Du Bois and Frantz Fanon or (2) the (...)
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  47. ‘You Make Me Wanna Holler and Throw Up Both My Hands!’: Campus Culture, Black Misandric Microaggressions, and Racial Battle Fatigue.Tommy J. Curry, William A. Smith & Walter R. Allen - 2016 - International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 9 (29):1189-1209.
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  48. 1. Front Matter Front Matter (Pp. I-Vii).John Kaag, Beth Eddy, Tommy J. Curry, Jane Duran, Steffen Dix, Seyed Hassan Hosseini & Sami Pihlström - 2010 - The Pluralist 5 (1).
     
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