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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (October 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415914515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415914512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... this is a useful and wide-ranging book that contributes to various aspects of the discussion of race. There is no other anthology like this... It is path-breaking in its demonstration that existentialism can be applied, historicized, concretized, and above all, that philosophy of existence is alive and well with a future as well as a past.
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Lewis Gordon has edited an impressive anthology within a specialized area of philosophy ... [T]his is a great resource.
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Lewis R. Gordon teaches Africana philosophy and contemporary religious thought at Brown University. He is author of Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Humanities), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences (Routledge), and Her Majesty's Other Children: Philosophical Sketches from a Neocolonial Age (Rowman & Littlefield). He is also co-editor of Fanon: A Critical Reader (Blackwell) and Black Texts and Textuality: Constructing and De-Constructing Blackness (Rowman & Littlefield).

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Lewis Ricardo Gordon (born 1962) is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University, and an Ongoing Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. He has also written/edited An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy), Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought (Africana Thought), and Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism.

Contributors include Bernard Boxill, Naomi Zack, Howard McGary, and Joy James, as well as Gordon himself. Gordon notes in the Introduction to this 1997 collection, "I should like to stress that not all of the contributors to this volume are black existentialists in any sense. This volume raises questions of black existential philosophy, and in that regard, some of the individuals who have something to say of value on that subject are also those who are most critical of it, or at least suspicious of an existential philosophy premised on what Fanon calls ... the lived-experience of the black. Such is the case."

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"On balance the African response to this existential situation was a positive one. It was able to affirm and empower agency in spite of anxieties of fate. Existence was grounded in an ordered cosmos, which had a specific niche for human beings." (Pg.
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Didn't get to read it all, as this was a textbook rental for school, but very interesting what I did finish.
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Highly recommended book on the black experience as it relates to philosophy. Very informative, a must read for anyone interested in existentialism.
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Lewis R. Gordon is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, social and political activist, critic, and musician (drums and piano). He has lectured across the globe and is active with a variety of international associations and organizations. He teaches in the Department of Philosophy, the Africana Studies Institute, El Instituto, Asian and Asian American Studies, and the Center for Judaic Studies and Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He also is he European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France, and the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa. His previous appointments include Professor and the founding chairperson of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University (1996-2004) and Philosophy and African American Studies at Purdue University (1993-1995). He is a graduate of Yale University (Ph.D., 1993) and Lehman College's Scholars Program (1984). A former high school teacher, he was the founder of The Second Chance Program for In-School Truants at Lehman High School. Professor Gordon also co-edits the book series Global Critical Caribbean Thought for Rowman & Littlefield International in London, UK. His posts on twitter are available at: https://twitter.com/lewgord

For a more comprehensive biography and updates on Lewis R. Gordon, please consult: http://lewisrgordon.com/


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