80. Scholarly Contributions: African American Professional Philosophers

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From the latter half of the nineteenth century to the 1970s, African Americans only rarely obtain jobs as philosophy professors but bring distinctive perspectives to the profession.



Further Reading

• W.T. Fontaine, "Philosophical Implications of the Biology of Dr. Ernest E. Just," Journal of Negro History 24 (1939), 281-90.

• C. Golightly, "Social Science and Normative Ethics," Journal of Philosophy 44 (1947), 505-16.

• C. Golightly, "Race, Values, and Guilt," Social Forces 26 (1947): 125-139.

• C. Golightly, "Value as a Scientific Concept," Journal of Philosophy 53 (1956), 233-45.

• F.O. Wiggins, "Ethics and Economics," Phylon 5 (1945), 154-62.

• F.O. Wiggins, "The Data and Evaluation of Business," American Journal of Economics and Sociology 7 (1948), 265-74.


• K. Chaddock, Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College (Baltimore: 2017).

• N.D. Dennie, "Black Male Feminism and the Evolution of Du Boisian Thought, 1903–1920," Palimpsest 9 (2020), 1-27.

• B. Kuklick, Black Philosopher, White Academy: The Career of William Fontaine (Philadelphia: 2008).

• J.H. McClendon III and S.C. Ferguson II, African American Philosophers and Philosophy: An Introduction to the History, Concepts, and Contemporary Issues (London: 2019).

• G. Yancy, "Thomas Nelson Baker: Toward an Understanding of a Pioneer Black Philosopher," The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience 95 (1996), 5-9.

• G. Yancy, "Thomas Nelson Baker: The First African-American to Receive the Ph.D. in Philosophy," The Western Journal of Black Studies 21 (1997), 253-260.

• G. Yancy, "On the Power of Black Aesthetic Ideals: Thomas Nelson Baker as Preacher and Philosopher," The AME Church Review 117 (2001), 50-67.

• G. Yancy, "In the Spirit of the A.M.E. Church: Gilbert Haven Jones as an Early Black Philosopher and Educator," The AME Church Review 118 (2002), 43-57. 


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