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Author Ferguson, Stephen C., 1972- author.

Title Philosophy of African American studies : Nothing Left of Blackness / Stephen C. Ferguson II.

Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  304.8096 FERG    AVAILABLE
Edition First Edition.
Physical description viii, 290 pages ; 23 cm.
Series African American Philosophy and the African Diaspora.
African American philosophy and the African diaspora.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-284) and index.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Class Struggle in the Ivory Towers: Revisiting the Birth of Black Studies in '68 -- 2. The Afrocentric Problematic: The Quest for Particularity and the Negation of Objectivity -- 3. Old Wine in a New Bottle? The Critique of Eurocentrism in Marima Ani's Yurugu -- 4. The Heritage we Renounce: The Utopian Worldview of Afrocentricity -- 5. What's Epistemology Got to do with it?: The 'Death of Epistemology' in African American Studies -- Bibliography.
Summary "What should be the philosophical basis for African American Studies? In this groundbreaking book, Ferguson addresses a seminal question often ignored. Ferguson explores philosophical issues and problems in their relationship to Black Studies. He shows that philosophy is not a sterile intellectual pursuit, but a critical tool in gaining knowledge about the Black experience. Cultural idealism in various forms has become enormously influential as a framework for Black Studies. Ferguson takes on the task of demonstrating how a Marxist philosophical perspective offers a productive and fruitful way of overcoming the limitations of idealism. Focusing on the hugely popular Afrocentric school of thought, Ferguson's engaging discussion shows that the foundational arguments of cultural idealism are based on a series of analytical and historical misapprehensions. In turn, he argues for the centrality of the Black working class - both men and women - to Black Studies"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject African Americans -- Study and teaching -- Philosophy.
African Americans -- Study and teaching -- History.
ISBN 9781137549969 (hardback)