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Journal Cover Critical Philosophy of Race
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   ISSN (Print) 2165-8684 - ISSN (Online) 2165-8692
   Published by Penn State University Press Homepage  [35 journals]
  • Smadditizin’ Across the Years: Race and Class in the Work of Charles
           Mills
    • Abstract: What would a convincing Marxist theory of race be like?Liberalism in general (both nationally and internationally) has been shaped by race, but that does not preclude reclaiming it.In this article, I analyze the changing relationship of race and class in the work of Charles Mills. Well-known, of course, for his work on race and global white supremacy, especially in The Racial Contract, Mills’s research initially focused on class, and Marxism in particular, for the first nine years after he received his Ph.D. in 1985. Mills himself tells the story of his career this way, tracing an arc “from class to race” (as his 2003 collection is titled) that includes “an evolution both of focus and approach.”1 As he commented in ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Black Feminist Reflections on Charles Mills’s “Intersecting
           Contracts”
    • Abstract: As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the publication of Contract and Domination (2007) coauthored by Charles Mills and Carole Pateman, I am writing a critical commentary of Mills’s chapter “Intersecting Contracts” focusing especially on Mills’s account of the “racia-sexual contract” (RSC). Mills notes (and I agree) that it is not enough to theorize a racial contract or a sexual contract in isolation from one another, but we also have to consider the implications of a RSC for white men, white women, nonwhite men, and nonwhite women. This critical commentary is presented in two parts. In the first section, “Intersecting Contracts: Conceptual Interventions and Aims,” I provide an overview of Mills’s analysis of ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Intersectional Meditations: A Reply to Kathryn Gines and Shannon Sullivan
    • Abstract: Intersectionality is the focus of both Gines’s and Sullivan’s essays. Gines examines my treatment of race and gender in one of the chapters in my book with Carole Pateman,1 Contract and Domination,2 while Sullivan provides a more extensive overview of the trajectory of my writing over the course of my career, with special attention to race and class.3 In this reply, I will try to address the criticisms they raise, as well as making some more general points about intersectionality. So I thought a good starting point would be a discussion of the challenge intersectionality poses to critical philosophy of race.4If critical philosophy of race has at last arrived within philosophy—albeit as a marginal ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Pragmatics of Resistance: Framing Anti-Blackness and the Limits of
           Political Ontology
    • Abstract: Alongside his many roles—whether revolutionary or academic—Frank B. Wilderson III is an ontologist. More specifically, he is an ontologist of Blackness. Wilderson understands the question of Black being not only as the question of Black studies, but also the question of the social and political arrangement of modernity itself: “what is a black? A subject? An object? A former slave? A slave? The relational status, or lack thereof, of Black subjectivity (subjectivity under erasure) haunts black studies as a field just at [sic] it haunts the socius” (Wilderson 2010, xi). An ontology of Blackness, moreover, gets to the heart of the ethico-political effects of the modern West’s political ontology, which is also to say ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • On the Historiography of Africana Philosophy: Overcoming Disciplinary
           Decadence through the Teleological Suspension of Philosophy
    • Abstract: An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Gordon 2008) is a major text in Lewis Gordon’s remarkably productive and significant philosophical oeuvre precisely because its main concern centers on the very important issue of the historiography of Africana philosophy. A major objective of the current essay is to provide the hidden or implicit historiographical framework for Gordon’s text. Gordon does not make explicit his own historiographical framing of Africana philosophy. This claim is not meant as a criticism of Gordon’s text but, rather, to serve as an act of solidarity in the goal of promoting the undeniable significance and importance of Africana philosophy. To this end, the present essay is a hybrid philosophical ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Snow-Blind in a Blizzard of Their Own Making: Bodies of Structural Harmony
           and White Male Negrophobes in the Work of Frantz Fanon
    • Abstract: Frantz Fanon describes bodies of structural harmony, “In other words, there is a certain structural harmony, a sum of the individual and of the constructions through which he goes at every stage of the psychotic behavior.”1 He conceptualizes bodies of structural harmony as a defense mechanism employed by white Negrophobic males against the guilt that white society instills in all of its members.2 Fanon argues that some pathologies persist via the creation of, and adherence to, a fantastical self-image. Bodies of structural harmony are articulated when a body—as a means of fleeing its anxiety—uses itself, time, the objects in its world (e.g. things and other bodies), and the dynamics of its society to falsely ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Pragmatism, Racial Solidarity, and Negotiating Social Practices: Evading
           the Problem of “Problem Solving” Talk
    • Abstract: In recent decades a number of scholars of African American religious and political thought have turned to the work of the classical American pragmatists as a way, methodologically, to think through some of the challenges we face in the field. Thinking in particular about the question of racial solidarity and its often-implicit specter, the dilemma concerning essentialism, in this article, I want to return the favor, and show how paying attention to black intellectual debate can help evade a potential problem pragmatism encounters.In his review of Eddie Glaude’s Exodus! (“Politics, Racial Solidarity, Exodus!”), Robert Gooding-Williams makes two major moves.1 The first of these consists in his exploration “of the ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Future of Whiteness by Linda Martín Alcoff (review)
    • Abstract: As white people approach a United States in which they no longer hold a demographic majority, many questions arise about the future of whiteness; and more importantly, of the future of race relations. In The Future of Whiteness, Linda Martín Alcoff asks us to think critically about the meaning of whiteness, and how white people as a social category might fare in the coming “multipolar social landscape” (176). Is whiteness and white identity inextricably tied to white supremacy? Can white people continue to claim a white identity without reifying structures of racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of oppression tethered to coloniality? Are white people caught between choosing either white supremacy or abolishing ... Read More
      Keywords: Mills, Charles W.; Wilderson, Frank B.,; Agamben, Giorgio,; Race; African Americans; Black nationalism
      PubDate: 2017-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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