Abstract

This article is a critical philosophical discussion of Lewis Gordon’s An Introduction to Africana Philosophy. Gordon in his text does not portray Africana philosophy as an abstract universalism, philosophy as the “view from nowhere” or philosophy as the “god’s eye view” on reality. He also refrains from depicting Africana philosophy as a documentary description of Africana identity, thereby indicating a refusal on his part to reduce Africana philosophy to identity politics, to mere psycho-existential babble. Gordon critically engages with race in his text, but his involvement with this concept does not excessively dominate the text. This article critically explores Africana philosophy’s involvement with postmodernism, as well as work through Gordon’s notions of disciplinary decadence and the teleological suspension of philosophy. The basic analytical thrust endorses Gordon’s efforts to represent Africana philosophy as, among other things, an existential phenomenological account of the being-in-the-world of Africana people. This approach represents Africana philosophy as an anti-Cartesian philosophy, precisely because it does not emanate from a theoretically disembodied consciousness nor from an epistemic knowing subject in search of the transcendental foundations of knowledge.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2165-8692
Print ISSN
2165-8684
Pages
pp. 70-90
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-09
Open Access
No
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