The African American Philosophy and the Diaspora Book Series

African American intellectual history is replete with profound reflections and criticisms of a philosophical nature on the historical experiences of African descendant peoples in the Americas. The philosophic thought of African American men and women on prevailing American conceptions of freedom, liberation, race, equality, democracy, and personhood, have been among the most philosophically fecund in all of the Americas. Even where this work was not carried out by men and women with formal training in philosophy, its relevance and usefulness, to say nothing of its critical veracity, and argumentative force, in addressing deep philosophical issues is undeniable. Moreover, this body of intellectual work forms the canonical foundation of a great deal of contemporary philosophical activity. … [Read more...]

Caribbean Philosophical Assn. Honors Leonard Harris with Lifetime Award

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2014 recipient of the association’s Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award is Leonard Harris. Professor Harris is a pioneer in the academic study of African American philosophy with his groundbreaking textbook, Philosophy Born of Struggle, and The Philosophy of Alain Locke. Harris continues to be at the forefront of building bridges across the full spectrum of Africana thought through the work he has done for UNESCO and the Philosophy Born of Struggle Society. The Awards Committee noted his philosophy of insurrectionist ethics, his critical challenges to American philosophy, and his important mentorship of several generations of scholars. Africana philosophy (all fields), Caribbean thought, Latin American … [Read more...]

Locke Internment Archive

See Invitation Interment at 11:00 am Saturday, September 13, 2014 Congressional Cemetery 1801 E Street Southeast Washington, DC … [Read more...]

Alain Locke Society at World Congress, Athens

The Alain Locke Society is a member of FISP (International Federation of Philosophical Societies, www.fisp.org). The society will sponsor a Session at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, 4-10, 2013. The two themes for our "Member Session" are listed below (A,B,C,D), drawn from the book Philosophic Values and World Citizenship, J. A. Carter, L. Harris, eds. or "Insurrectionist Ethics," L. Harris. A. World Citizenship (Themes: Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism,, Ethnic and Racial Conflict, Democracy vs Racism; Pluralism - three papers) B. Values (Themes: Moral Imperatives for World Order, Value relativism, Tolerance, Hegemony - three papers) C. Ethics of Insurrection (Gandhi, King, Fanon, de Beauvoir, etc. - three papers) D. Insurrectionist Ethics (civil … [Read more...]

Alain Locke entry added to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Alain LeRoy Locke By Jacoby Adeshei Carter Alain LeRoy Locke is heralded as the “Father of the Harlem Renaissance” for his publication in 1925 of The New Negro—an anthology of poetry, essays, plays, music and portraiture by white and black artists. Locke is best known as a theorist, critic, and interpreter of African-American literature and art. He was also a creative and systematic philosopher who developed theories of value, pluralism and cultural relativism that informed and were reinforced by his work on aesthetics. Locke saw black aesthetics quite differently than some of the leading Negro intellectuals of his day; most notably W. E. B. Du Bois, with whom he disagreed about the appropriate social function of Negro artistic pursuits. Du Bois thought it was a role and … [Read more...]