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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  [33 journals]
  • The Force of Black and White James Baldwin’s Reflections in/on his
           Early Experience of Film
    • Abstract: <p>By Ian Balfour</p> I don't really believe in race. I don't really believe in color.But I do know what I see.The world is white and we are black so . . .One gets the impression that James Baldwin was almost always thinking. But even the precocious or preternaturally gifted have to start somewhere, and one of the early prompts for Baldwin’s thinking, including his reflections on race, was the movies. Taken in hand to movie houses by his white elementary school teacher Orilla Miller (known to him—oddly, resonantly—as Bill), the very young Jimmy Baldwin was bowled over by his experience of certain films on the big, silver screen.3 Almost all of a sudden, to judge from the accounts in The Devil Finds Work, he has, in the movie theaters ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Baldwin, James,
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • Vernaculars of Home
    • Abstract: <p>By John E. Drabinski</p> Writers are obliged, at some point, to realize that they are involved in a language which they must change. And for a black writer in this country to be born into the English language is to realize that the assumptions on which the language operates are his enemy.James Baldwin’s two essays from 1979 on what he calls black English bring two and a half decades of reflection on African-American history and memory to bear on the question of language, identity, and cultural meaning. Baldwin understands that the question of language is no small matter, and cannot in any way be reduced to style or mere aesthetics. Rather, on Baldwin’s account, language makes, remakes, and reproduces a world. So, when the legitimacy of ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: African Americans
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race ed. by Emily S. Lee
    • Abstract: <p>By Sarah Teresa Travis</p> Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race, edited by Emily S. Lee, Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fullerton, offers a compelling contribution to philosophical discussions on the value of phenomenology for theorizing racialized embodied experience. The premise of the book, according to Lee, is that “phenomenology, with Merleau-Ponty’s appreciation for the particularities of embodiment, serves as an ideal framework for thinking about the meanings of the embodiment of race” (10), an idea that each of the contributors to this book explores in meaningful ways. This acknowledgement of racialized embodied experience has, historically, been relatively absent from academic ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • Deleuze and Race by Arun Saldanha and Jason Michael Adams
    • Abstract: <p>By Ayesha Abdullah</p> Deleuze and Race is the first collection of articles to focus on the themes of race and racism in Gilles Deleuze. Deleuze’s works have been used to theorize sexual difference, but remain largely untapped as a resource for work on racial difference and racism. Crucial to dialogue with critical philosophy of race, the authors succeed in working at the intersections of Deleuze’s philosophy with anthropology, politics, history, aesthetics, gender, and race studies. Indeed, these authors faithfully translate the philosophical concepts of representation, facialization, immanence, and affective becoming for application in the critique of race. That they do so by exploring such intersections makes Deleuze and Race a ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Deleuze, Gilles,
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • Rawlsian Affirmative Action A Reply to Robert Taylor
    • Abstract: <p>By D. C. Matthew</p> Affirmative action (AA) programs are the most controversial programs of rectificatory justice in the United States today.1 At the same time, justice as fairness remains the most influential contemporary theory of justice in the academy. It is not surprising, then, that there is interest in what this theory implies about the justice of these programs. Until recently, it was largely taken for granted that it would justify some form of preferential policies in employment and higher education, if only on a temporary basis.2 In a recent paper, however, Robert Taylor has argued that a Rawlsian framework does not support strong AA programs, not even in nonideal conditions.3This is a surprising conclusion, not least ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Affirmative action programs
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Myth of the White Minority
    • Abstract: <p>By Andrew J. Pierce</p> “It’s the end of the world as straight white males know it.” Thus proclaimed the Los Angeles Times on November 8, 2012, the morning after Barack Obama had won reelection, by a significant margin, over white Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The article, like many other commentaries in the wake of Obama’s reelection, chalked the victory up to the growing numbers, and so, presumably, the growing political power, of women and racial minorities.1 In the background of this proclamation lies the proliferation of demographic projections about the declining number of whites in the contemporary United States—projections that, it seems safe to say, have caused significant anxiety for many whites, as well as significant ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Racism
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • Love Is Asymmetrical James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
    • Abstract: <p>By Grant Farred</p> Love is at the heart of the Baldwin philosophy. Love for Baldwin cannot be safe; it involves the risk of commitment, the risk of removing the masks and taboos placed on us by society. The philosophy applies to individual relationships as well as to more general ones.There is no philosophical concept that James Baldwin grapples with more in his oeuvre, as his biographer David Leeming recognizes, than love. It is at the “heart of his philosophy.” Still, it would not suffice to name James Baldwin “simply” a philosopher of love, although that is itself a massive undertaking. In order to properly apprehend him as a thinker of love it is necessary to specify the complexities that render Baldwin such a singular thinker ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Terror of Being Destroyed
    • Abstract: <p>By Jonathan Eburne</p> Write in order not simply to destroy, in order not simply to conserve, in order not to transmit; write in the thrall of the impossible real, that share of disaster wherein every reality, safe and sound, sinks.To realize that one is, oneself, and from the moment of one’s birth, both subject and object of the human cowardice—for that is what it is—of what translates itself, in action—the Word made flesh! of racial terror, demands a ruthless cunning, an impenetrable style, and an ability to carry death, like a bluebird, on the shoulder.In the spring of 1981, James Baldwin traveled to Atlanta from his home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in the south of France, on an assignment for Playboy magazine. For the second time in two ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Atlanta (Ga.)
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • What Should Blacks Think When Jews Choose Whiteness' An Ode to Baldwin
    • Abstract: <p>By Jane Anna Gordon</p> People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.In “On Being ‘White’ . . . And Other Lies,” James Baldwin noted the peculiarity of the situation of American Jews in relationship to the project of whiteness:It is probable that it is the Jewish community—or more accurately, perhaps, its remnants—that in America has paid the highest and most extraordinary price for becoming white. For the Jews came here from countries where they were not white, and they came here, in part, because they were not white; and incontestably in the eyes of the Black American (and not only in ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      Keywords: Arendt, Hannah,
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
  • Introduction On Baldwin and Philosophy
    • Abstract: <p>By John E. Drabinski, Grant Farred</p> The point of this collection of essays on James Baldwin is, as it were, to not take the word on James Baldwin at its word. This collection does not seek to iterate, once again, the divisions—separating Baldwin’s work into distinct, discrete articulations such as those that have so marked critiques on Baldwin. James Baldwin, culminating in The Fire Next Time (this is always where the dividing line is drawn, The Fire Next Time), darling of the white liberal establishment with his essays in Partisan Review and Commentary—this Baldwin is the author who struggled with that metaphoric father, Richard Wright, the Marxist “naturalist” (and confrère of Sartre, de Beauvoir) and creator of the tragic Bigger Thomas, who had ... <a href="">Read More</a>
      PubDate: 2015-08-05T00:00:00-05:00
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