bell hooks, Black Feminist Thought, and Black Buddhism: A Tribute

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Carolyn M. Jones Medine


This tribute to the late bell hooks examines her work as a Black feminist and Black Buddhist. After a brief introduction to her life, I examine her contributions to feminist thought, particularly her understanding of the need to dismantle “imperial white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.” As a Black feminist and woman, hooks comes to this work, first, with rage, but in her turn to Buddhist thought, she develops a love ethic, one that she wrote extensively about until her death in 2021 of renal failure.

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Medine, C. M. J. (2022). bell hooks, Black Feminist Thought, and Black Buddhism: A Tribute. Journal of World Philosophies, 7(1), 187–196. Retrieved from
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Carolyn M. Jones Medine, University of Georgia

Carolyn M. Jones Medine is the All Shall Be Well Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Georgia, where she is also a Professor in and Director of the Institute for African American Studies. She is the current Vice-President of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies.