Caribbean Philosophy and Me: Autobiographical Reflections

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Paget Henry


This paper is an account of the author’s emergence as an Afro-Caribbean philosopher, although formally trained and still working in the discipline of sociology. In order to complete this account, I made use of an Akan theory of the self and the circular path of its development, in order to integrate the details of the influences, major phases, and changes leading to my emergence as a Caribbean philosopher, as well as some of the academic challenges to the field of Caribbean philosophy as a whole that had to be overcome.

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Henry, P. (2020). Caribbean Philosophy and Me: Autobiographical Reflections. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(2), 145–154. Retrieved from
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Paget Henry, Brown University

Paget Henry is professor of sociology and Africana Studies at Brown University. He is the author of four books: Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (1985); Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (2000); The Art of Mali Olatunji: Painterly Photography from Antigua and Barbuda (2015); and Shouldering Antigua and Barbuda: The Life of V.C. Bird (2010). He is the coeditor of three volumes: The Newer Caribbean (1983); CLR James’ Caribbean (1992); and Journeys in Caribbean Thought (2016). Finally, he is the editor of two journals: The C.L.R. James Journal and The Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.