141. Job Openings: the Rise of Africana Professional Philosophy

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The key events and figures in philosophy as an academic discipline, in both Africa and the diaspora, from the 1970s to the 1990s.



Further Reading

• K.A. Appiah, In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (New York: 1992).

• E.C. Eze (ed.), African Philosophy. An Anthology (Oxford: 1998).

• L.R. Gordon (ed.), Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (New York: 1997).

• L.R. Gordon, Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought (New York: 2000).

• L. Harris, Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917 (Dubuque: 1983).

• P. Henry, Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (New York: 2000).

• J. McDade (ed.), The Philosophical Forum: Special Issue: Philosophy and Black Experience 9 (Winter-Spring 1977-1978). 

• C.W. Mills, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Ithaca: 1998).

• A. Mosley (ed.), African Philosophy: Selected Readings (Englewood Cliffs: 1995).

• L.T. Outlaw, Jr., On Race and Philosophy (New York: 1996).

• G. Yancy (ed.), African-American Philosophers: 17 Conversations (New York: 1998).


Connell on 19 February 2024


Thanks for a wonderful series. It has truely filled some major gaps in my understanding of the history of philosophy. I wonder if in the final episode if you will return to the definition of Africana philosophy and its relationhip to Euro American thought? In the first episode you mentioned Augustine and Plotinus but I am also thinking of more contemporary Francophone philosophers such as Derrida, Foucualt, and Camus who have a significant connections to Africa and perhaps Africana thought.  

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Peter Adamson on 19 February 2024

Final episode

We actually just recorded it and I'm afraid that didn't come up! We did already touch on that to some extent though, like the Wynter episode talks about Foucault's influence on her and of course we said a lot about existentialism.

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