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African American Philosophers and Philosophy


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List of Tables Acknowledgements Biographical Information on Selected African American Philosophers Introduction 1. Through the Back Door: The Problem of History and the African American Philosopher/Philosophy 2. The Problem of Philosophy: Metaphilosophical Considerations 3. The Search for Values: Axiology in Ebony 4. Philosophy of Science: African American Deliberations 5. Mapping the Disciplinary Contours of the Philosophy of Religion: Reason, Faith, and African American Religious Culture Bibliography Index

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A major new approach to understanding the philosophical themes, conceptual problems and central role of African American philosophers within contemporary philosophy.

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John H. McClendon III is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University, USA. Stephen C. Ferguson II is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University, USA.


This groundbreaking work introduces us to the ideas of African American (AA) who were academically trained in classical and modern philosophy. It shows the extent that philosophical reflection has been present among AA scholars, though their work has been ignored by the philosophical establishment. The chapters explore AA contributions to philosophical questions regarding: the origins of philosophy; ethics; aesthetics and the philosophy of music; philosophy of science; and the philosophy of religion. The glossary is invaluable resource. It provides a list of 103 AA's with doctorates in philosophy and related fields granted since emancipation, the institution they graduated from, and their dissertation title. This work provides a needed historical framework for AA academic philosophy. * Albert Mosley, Professor of Philosophy, Smith College, USA *
I have been searching for a work that speaks to the vast history of the Black philosophical experience in the United States, from the perspective of a materialist approach. In clear and detailed language, the authors examine philosophy, once committed to an bourgeois ideology, by recovering the legacy of Black Philosophical thought. * Brittany L. O'Neal, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Lehman College, City University of New York, USA *
Ferguson and McClendon's indispensable African American Philosophers and Philosophy recovers a rich legacy of Black philosophical thought, demonstrating its deserved place at the center of the history and practice of academic philosophy. Too often, Black philosophy has been regarded as peripheral and inessential. Ferguson and McClendon show that philosophy's pretensions to universalism can be realized only by attending to the particular philosophical concerns of all its practitioners. * Vanessa Wills, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The George Washington University, USA *

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