Leonard Harris on Insurrectionist Ethics

Alain Locke Society founder Leonard Harris presents a talk on Insurrectionist Ethics. Synopsis 1. Classical pragmatism’s instrumentalism and consequentialism is rejected: it cannot justify slave insurrections and require that slaves reject the condition of self-deprecation. 2. Classical virtues are expanded beyond virtues of benevolence and piety to include self-confidence and tenacity. 3. People who are the least well off, collectively, are agents of human liberation - representative heuristics and its ontology allows the support of group agency, given that such thinking is sometimes misleading. Classical pragmatism cannot warrant a special place to the interest and agency of workers, slaves, etc. as agents of liberation. The ethics of insurrection can warrant a special … [Read more...]

Centennial Commemoration Moves to SAAP Portland

100 Year Anniversary commemoration moves to Portland for the 2016 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (SAAP.) This Alain Locke Society panel at SAAP will be held in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the lecture series delivered by Alain Locke in 1916 entitled “Race Contacts and Interracial Relations: Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Race” which he also delivered in the Spring of the previous year. The lecture was given under the joint auspices of the Howard Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Social Science Club. The lectures were part of Locke’s efforts to include race theory in the social science and humanities curriculum of Howard University, an effort that had been opposed by the … [Read more...]

Philosophy Born of Struggle 2015 – UCONN Storrs

Embodied Philosophy & Epistemologies of Liberation November 6-7, 2015 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, UCONN and the Caribbean Philosophical Association "All philosophies, it seems to me, are in ultimate derivation philosophies of life and not abstract, disembodied 'objective' reality; products of time, place and situation and thus systems of timed history rather than timeless eternity." (Alain Locke, 1935) The 2014 Philosophy Born of Struggle at Paine College, "Forging Concepts Through Struggle: The New Slave—Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence" featured explorations of the meaning of the new slave, non-ideal intuitions, racial and corrective justice, convergences of Africana and Latino Philosophy, the nature of slavery … [Read more...]

APA-Eastern Symposium to Commemorate Centennial of Locke Lecture Series

"100 Years of Race Contacts and Inter-Racial Relations a Symposium in Honor of Alain L. Locke" This symposium will be held in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the lecture series delivered by Alain Locke in 1916 entitled “Race Contacts and Interracial Relations: Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Race” which he also delivered in the Spring of the previous year. The lecture was given under the joint auspices of the Howard Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Social Science Club. The lectures were part of Locke’s efforts to include race theory in the social science and humanities curriculum of Howard University, an effort that had been opposed by the university’s president and board of trustees. Over the course of the lectures … [Read more...]

Purdue Names McBride, Carter, and Tan as Locke Visiting Scholars

Purdue University Announces 2015-2016 ALAIN L. LOCKE VISITING SCHOLAR APPOINTEES Department of Philosophy Lee McBride, College of Wooster Impure Communities of Resistance: Harris and Lugones Creative Democracy: Dewey and Mouffe Insurrectionist Ethics and Angela Davis Food and Race as Tradition Jacoby A. Carter, CUNY, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Racial Contributions and the Americas’ Cultures Writing Race in the Americas American Studies: School of Interdisciplinary Studies Mindy Tan, Purdue University Normal Lewis and the Art of Abstract (art) Resistance Alain Locke and Aesthetics A Visiting Scholar is invited to become an active member of our scholarly community and will participate in faculty and student colloquia and other department discussions. … [Read more...]