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...]

CFP: The Inter – American Journal of Philosophy Special Edition

The Inter - American Journal of Philosophy Special Edition - 2012 The 1812 Constitution of Cádiz and Its Influence in the Americas Call for Papers This year marks the 200th anniversary of the 1812 Constitution of Cádiz a document which has greatly influenced the development of constitutional rights, representative government, political conceptions of equality, and instituted notions of political participation throughout the Americas. The 1812 Constitution of Cádiz is credited by some historical scholars with creating the modern concept of a nation-state. Beyond this “la Pepa”, as it is commonly referred to, functioned as the source both in substance and inspiration for the transformation of colonial subjects into rights-bearing individuals, and lead ultimately to the spread … [Read more...]