By Tommy L. Lott
This wide-ranging, multidisciplinary selection of newly commissioned articles brings jointly individual voices within the box of Africana philosophy and African-American social and political thought.Provides a complete serious survey of African-American philosophical idea. 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 reports, and African-American reviews.
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Indeed, it has become one of the deﬁnitive elements in American culture. The chief literary ﬁgures of the Afro-American humanist tradition – the young Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sterling Brown and Ralph Ellison – turn to the culture of the Afro-American masses, to blues, jazz and folklore, as the ingredients of their art. They feel no need to be either superior to whites or marginal to Afro-American culture. They seem to consider themselves relatively secure with their heritage, as well as those of other groups or nations.
So, racial problems serve a dominating role. In African-American existential philosophy, this reality has meant detailed explorations of this factor in the lived experience of African Americans. It has meant an exploration of their lived experience of blackness. The racial problematic for African Americans is twofold. On the one hand, it is the question of exclusion in the face of an ethos of assimilation.
Washington to Benjamin Hooks. This stream is represented by those people who satisfy the cultural criteria of Afro-American humanism and advocate certain reforms in the capitalist system. They fail to promote structural change in society. ” This replacement constitutes a structural change in society, especially a redistribution of its wealth. Acceptable reformist programs must meet two criteria: improve the deplorable living conditions of the poor and open up new possibilities for people gaining some control over the major institutions that deeply affect their lives.
A Companion to African-American Philosophy by Tommy L. Lott