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This course introduces students to popular strands of African American philosophical, theological, and political thought from the 19th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on themes of liberation, racial ontology, justice, and subjectivity. Also of concern will be how these thinkers challenge and/or reaffirm modernist philosophical approaches to knowledge, truth, and good.

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Philosophy 232: African American Philosophy





Instructor: Jerry Miller





Course Description:


This course introduces students to popular strands of African American philosophical, theological, and political thought from the 19th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on themes of liberation, racial ontology, justice, and subjectivity. Also of concern will be how these thinkers challenge and/or reaffirm modernist philosophical approaches to knowledge, truth, and good.





This course can be counted towards the Africana Studies Concentration. It also fulfils the Social Justice requirement.





Enrollment limited to 35.





Required Texts:


The Fire Next Time James Baldwin


The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. DuBois


The Philosophy of Alain Locke Alain Locke


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Weekly Class Assignments:





Weeks 1-2—Nature, Race, and Slavery: David Walker, Kant, Alexander Crummell





Weeks 3-4—Theories of Freedom: Hegel, W.E.B. DuBois





Week 5—Equality: W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey





Week 6-7—Value: Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde, Nietzsche, Alain Locke





Weeks 8-10—Modernism and Nationality: Frederick Douglass, M. L. King, Malcolm X





Week 11—Religion: Maria Stewart, James Baldwin





Week 12–Economics: Frederic Jameson, bell hooks & Cornel West





Weeks 13-14—Whiteness and the Body: Ida B. Wells, David Marriott





Course Requirements:


Weekly journal entries, two 4-5 page papers, final exam