Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought by
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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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
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global campus resource center, African American history, biography of Dr.
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This site has guides, bibliographies, catalogs, discussions,
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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.
This is the journal of the International Society for African
Philosophy and African Studies.
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.