87. Call It Intuition: Leopold Senghor

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Leopold Senghor compares different ways of knowing while developing his theory of Negritude and combining the roles of poet and politician.



Further Reading

• L.S. Senghor (ed.), Anthologie de la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache de langue française (Paris: 1948). 

• L.S. Senghor, On African Socialism, trans. M. Cook (New York: 1964).

• L.S. Senghor, Liberté 1: Négritude et humanisme (Paris: 1964).

• L.S. Senghor, Liberté 2: Nation et voie africaine du socialisme (Paris: 1971).

• L.S. Senghor, Liberté 3: Négritude et civilisation de l'universel (Paris: 1977).

• L.S. Senghor, Liberté 4: Socialisme et planification (Paris: 1983).

• L.S. Senghor, Liberté 5: Le dialogue des cultures (Paris: 1993).

• L.S. Senghor, The Collected Poetry, trans. M. Dixon (Charlottesville, VA: 1991).

• L.S. Senghor, "What the Black Man Contributes," trans. M.B. Mader, in R. Bernasconi (ed.), Race and Racism in Continental Philosophy (Bloomington, IN: 2003).  


• S.B. Diagne, African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude, trans. C. Jeffers (London: 2012).

• C. Jeffers, "Black Civilization and the Dialogue of Cultures: Senghor's Combination of Cultural Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism," in I. Constant and K. Mabana (eds.), Negritude: Legacy and Present Relevance (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: 2009).

• R. Rabaka, The Negritude Movement: W.E.B. Du Bois, Leon Damas, Aime Cesaire, Leopold Senghor, Frantz Fanon, and the Evolution of an Insurgent Idea (Lanham, MD: 2015).

• C. Thiam, Return to the Kingdom of Childhood: Re-Envisioning the Legacy and Philosophical Relevance of Negritude (Columbus, OH: 2014).

• J.G. Vaillant, Black, French, and African: A Life of Léopold Sédar Senghor (Cambridge, MA: 1990). 

• G. Wilder, The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars (Chicago: 2005).

• G. Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World (Durham, NC: 2015).


18 March 2024 on 18 March 2024

Philosopher kings

I knew a little about Vaclav Havel, but not Léopold Sédar Senghor. That was new to me. A philosopher king indeed!

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