- Series: Africana Thought
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Routledge (April 13, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415926440
- ISBN-13: 978-0415926447
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought (Africana Thought)
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"Strongly recommended for all library collections...."
"'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
"Gordon once again brings his mastery of existentialist writers such as Frantz Fanon and Sartre to bear on issues confronting black intellectuals.."
-M. Stewart, Austin College
"This study gives Africana existential philosophy perhaps its most exhaustive analysis... The author discerns a dominant and pervasive race consciousness in Africana existential thought... Gordon has made a definitive statement of the wealth, validity, and historicity of Africana existential thought."
-Tunde Adeleke, University of Montana
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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Black Texts and Textuality: Constructing and De-Constructing Blackness,Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism, and Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy.
Here are some quotations from the book:
"Africana existential philosophy is a branch of Africana philosophy and black philosophies of existence. By 'black philosophy' what is meant is the philosophical currents that emerged from the question of blackness. I distinguish Africana philosophy and black philosophies because the latter relate to a terrain that is broader than Africana communities." (Pg. 5-6)
"Sartre stands as an unusual catalyst in the history of black existential philosophy. He serves as a link between Richard Wright and Frantz Fanon ... and the historical forces that came into play for the ascendance of European philosophy of existence in the American academy." (Pg. 9)
"This is not to say that Africana philosophy is existential in the sense of reducing it to a philosophy of existence. It is, instead, to say that the impetus of Africana philosophy, when the question of the black or the situation of black people is raised, has an existential impetus." (Pg. 11)
"Our first observation is that racism is a form of dehumanization, and that dehumanization is a form of bad faith---for to deny the humanity of a human being requires lying to ourselves about something of which we are aware." (Pg. 85)