Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought

Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought

Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought

Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought

Synopsis

This work both introduces and discusses Africana existential thought, covering a range of both classic and contemporary thinkers - from Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Dubois to Frantz Fanon, Angela Davis and Naomi Zack.

Excerpt

The intellectual history of the last quarter of the twentieth century has been marked by, among many developments, a growing influence of Africana thought in the U.S. academy. Africana thought, as I will be using it in this book, refers to an area of thought that focuses on theoretical questions raised by struggles over ideas in African cultures and their hybrid and creolized forms in Europe, North America, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Africana thought also refers to the set of questions raised by the historical project of conquest and colonization that has emerged since 1492 and the subsequent struggles for emancipation that continue to this day. These latter questions and struggles have been characterized by Enrique Dussel, the Latin American philosopher, historian, and theologian, as those that reflect modernity’s “underside.” They are marked by the contrast between how the modern is often characterized in the Western academy— through, say, philosophical treatment of ideas, from René Descartes to Immanuel Kant, or perhaps Michel Foucault’s locating of modernity in nineteenth-century European thought—and how it has been

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.