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Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy

Existentia Africana by Lewis R. GordonExistentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought by Lewis R. Gordon

The intellectual history of the last quarter of this century has been marked by the growing influence of Africana thought--an area of philosophy that focuses on issues raised by the struggle over ideas in African cultures and their hybrid forms in Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean. Existentia Africana is an engaging and highly readable introduction to the field of Africana philosophy and will help to define this rapidly growing field. Lewis R. Gordon clearly explicates Africana existential thought to a general audience, covering a wide range of both classic and contemporary thinkers--from Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. DuBois to Frantz Fanon, Angela Davis and Naomi Zack.

"'What does it mean to be a problem?' In the innovative essays of Existentia Africana, Lewis Gordon returns to the exploration both of W.E.B. Dubois' question, as well as of the emancipatory tradition of Black existential thought....It is an immense and profoundly original undertaking." -- Sylvia Wynter, author of Do Not Call Us Negroes: How Multicultural Textbooks Perpetuate Racism and Professor Emerita, Stanford University

"In Existentia Africana, Lewis Gordon is once again at his philosophical best. Continuing from where he left off in Existence in Black, Gordon develops Africana philosophy and critical race theory to a higher level of sophistication and originality that will certainly make him a forceful voice of the next millennium. Indeed, a much needed and truly liberating contribution." -- Mabogo P. More, University of Durban-Westville, South Africa

About the Author
Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Afro-American Studies, Modern Culture and Media, and Contemporary Religious Thought at Brown University. He is author of Fanon and the Crisis of European Man (1995) and editor of Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (1996), both published by Routledge.

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African Philosophy Resources

There are many African studies pages currently on the WWW. This one starts from African philosophy, and organizes other useful resources to support this area of research. African philosophy is a field in development, and there is not always agreement on what should be included. That ambiguity is unapologetically evident on this page.


African American Resources from University of Maryland

 This is an excellent web site.  Resources include archives, museums, art, bibliographies, book, film and media reviews, CFPs, campus resources, conferences, employment opportunities, fellowships, grants and scholarships, Government and politics, history, African American issues, and more.


African American Studies Resources from Western Illinois University  

This is another mega-resource site, including historical figures, a global campus resource center, African American history, biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archeology, African Americans in the sciences, and more.


African Americana from Louisiana State

 This site has guides, bibliographies, catalogs, discussions, exhibits and databases.


Journal of African Philosophy

The Journal's primary aim is to promote scholarly research and teaching of philosophy from the point of view of African and African Diaspora experience and traditions. However, African Philosophy is also interested in consolidating and promoting inter-cultural dialogue with other traditions of philosophical thought: European, Asian or Latin American. Additionally, it will actively explore relationships between philosophy and art and literature in Africa and the black Diaspora in dialogue with other cultures of the world.


Journal for African Philosophy and Studies

 This is the journal of the International Society for African Philosophy and African Studies.


South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities

The SASGPH aims to enhance the appreciation for and optimally develop Greek Philosophy and the Humanities, by stimulating academic productivity in these fields through product and project marketability, the building of national and international relations, as well as by emphasizing quality in all spheres, be they academic or cultural.

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