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A companion to African-American philosophy
Lott, Tommy Lee, 1946-
Publication Information:
Malden, MA : Blackwell, [2003]

Physical Description:
xv, 465 pages ; 26 cm.
Philosophy and the Afro-American experience / Cornel West -- African-American existential philosophy / Lewis R. Gordon -- African-American philosophy: a Caribbean perspective / Paget Henry -- Modernisms in black / Frank M. Kirkland -- The crisis of the black intellectual / Hortense J. Spillers -- Kant and knowledge of disappearing expression / Ronald A.T. Judy -- Social contract theory, slavery, and the antebellum courts / Anita L. Allen and Thaddeus Pope -- The morality of reparations II / Bernard R. Boxill -- Afrocentricity: critical considerations / Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr.-- African retentions / Tommy L. Lott -- African philosophy at the turn of the century / Albert G. Mosley -- Some group matters: intersectionality, situated standpoints, and black feminist thought / Patricia Hill Collins -- Radicalizing feminisms from "the movement era" / Joy A. James -- Philosophy and racial paradigms / Naomi Zack -- Racial classification and public policy / David Theo Goldberg -- White supremacy / Charles W. Mills -- Self-respect, fairness, and living morally / Laurence M. Thomas -- The legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson / Michele Moody-Adams -- Some reflections on the Brown decision and its aftermath / Howard McGary -- Contesting the ambivalence and hostility to affirmative action within the black community / Luke C. Harris -- Subsistence welfare benefits as property interests: legal theories and moral considerations / Rudolph V. Vanterpool -- Racism and health care: a medical ethics issue / Annette Dula -- Racialized punishment and prison abolition / Angela Y. Davis -- The Harlem renaissance and philosophy / Leonard Harris -- Critical theory, aesthetics, and black modernity / Lorenzo C. Simpson -- Black cinema and aesthetics / Clyde R. Taylor -- Thanatic pornography, interracial rape, and the Ku Klux Klan / T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting -- Lynching and burning rituals in African American literature / Trudier Harris-Lopez -- Rap as art and philosophy / Richard Shusterman -- Microphone commandos: rap music and political ideology / Bill E. Lawson -- Sports, political philosophy, and the African American / Gerald Early.
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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.

Author Notes

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 .

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Choice Review

Lott (San Jose State Univ.) and Pittman (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) are the editors for this important collection of 31 articles, only six of which have been previously published. A stellar group of contributors discuss the history and development of African American philosophy in relation to the struggles of American history and to the broader philosophical canons of Europe, North America, and Africa. The wide range of topics includes slavery, reparations, race, class, gender, justice, art, aesthetics, cinema, music, and rap. As an anthology for students of African American philosophy, it compares well with Leonard Harris's second edition of Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917 (2000), although Harris's book has the advantage of including historical works. This collection is not quite a one-size-fits-all acquisition, since certain subfields, such as Afrocentricity and religious philosophy, are not adequately represented. The intellectual contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., for example, have only a single page reference in the index. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-level undergraduates through faculty. G. Moses Marist College

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Part I Philosophic Traditions
1 Philosophy and the Afro-American ExperienceCornel West
2 African-American Existential PhilosophyLewis R. Gordon
3 African-American Philosophy: A Caribbean PerspectivePaget Henry
4 Modernisms in BlackFrank M. Kirkland
5 The Crisis of the Black IntellectualHortense J. Spillers
Part II The Moral and Political Legacy of Slavery
6 Kant and Knowledge of Disappearing ExpressionRonld A. T. Judy
7 Social Contract Theory, Slavery, and the Antebellum CourtsAnita L. Allen and Thaddeus Pope
8 The Morality of Reparations II. (Bernard R. Boxill)
Part III Africa and Diaspora Thought
9 "Afrocentricity": Critical ConsiderationsT. Lucius and JR. Outlaw
10 African retentionsTommy L. Lott
11 African Philosophy at the Turn of the CenturyAlbert G. Mosley
Part IV Gender, Race, and Racism
12 Some Group Matters: Intersectionality, Situated Standpoints, and black Feminist Thought.13.Radicalizing Feminisms from "The Movement Era."Joy A. James
14 Philosophy and Racial ParadigmsNaomi Zack
15 Racial Classification and Public PolicyDavid Theo Goldberg
16 White SupremacyCharles W. Mills
Part V Legal and Social Philosophy
17 Self-Respect, Fairness, and Living MorallyLaurence M. Thomas
18 The Legacy of Plessy V. FergusonMichele Moody-Adams
19 Some Reflections on the Brown Decision and Its AftermathHoward McGary
20 Contesting the Ambivalence and Hostility to Affirmative Action within the Black CommunityLuke C. Harris
21 Subsistence Welfare Benefits as Property Interests: Legal Theories and Moral ConsiderationsRudolph V. Vanterpool
22 Racism and Health Care: A Medical Ethics IssueAnnete Dula
23 Racialized Punishment and Prison AbolitionAngela Y. Davis
Part VI Aesthetic and Cultural Values
24 The Harlem Renaissance and PhilosophyLeonard Harris
25 Critical theory, Aesthetes, and Black ModernityLorenzo C. Simpson
26 Black Cinema and AestheticsClyde R. Taylor
27 Thanatic Pornography, Interracial Rape, and the Ku Klux KlanT. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
28 Lynching and Burning Rituals in African-American LiteratureTrudier Harris-Lopez
29 Rap as Art and PhilosophyRichard Shusterman
30 Microphone Commandos: rap Music and Political IdeologyBill E. Lawson
31 Sports, Political Philosophy, and the African AmericanGerald Early