New PDF release: A Companion to African-American Philosophy

By Tommy L. Lott

This wide-ranging, multidisciplinary choice of newly commissioned articles brings jointly distinctive voices within the box of Africana philosophy and African-American social and political thought.Provides a accomplished serious survey of African-American philosophical inspiration. Collects wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, newly commissioned articles in a single authoritative quantity. Serves as a benchmark paintings of reference for classes in philosophy, social and political concept, cultural reviews, and African-American reports.

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Larsen’s Helga Crane, the protagonist of Quicksand (1928), is an attractive well-bred mulatto who seeks to overcome her self-hatred and find herself in a provincial southern Negro college, the urban life of Chicago and Harlem, the cosmopolitan world of Copenhagen and finally the pietistic Christianity of Afro-American 20 PHILOSOPHY AND THE AFRO-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE rural life. She – Helga (and Larsen) – is an incessant rebel, unable to come to terms with herself in either world, black or white. Rudolph Fisher, the talented physician-writer, fostered early in life a deep hatred of the white world.

He writes, “Some professionals are adopting a Black Power ideological format not with the intent of preparing themselves for service to self-governing urban black communities but to make PHILOSOPHY AND THE AFRO-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 themselves more visible to the white establishment, which is not at all adverse to offering such persons good jobs as alternatives to Black Power. The more viable Negro businessmen are also simulating the Black Power phenomenon in this way .

Thomas (especially his work on Polish peasants) and Robert Parks (notably his work on urban class and status conflict), Frazier views the history of AfroAmerican culture as a series of devastating social shocks – the initial act of enslavement from Africa, the cruel voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, the “peculiar institution” of slavery, the vicious post-emancipation life and the disintegration of folk culture in the cities. In his well-known book, The Negro Family in Chicago (1932), Frazier suggests that the Afro-American culture basically amounts to superstition, ignorance, self-hatred and fear.

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