Three Recent Texts in Africana Philosophy: Overcoming Disciplinary Decadence

Clevis Headley


The following essay is a review of three recent texts in Africana philosophy. These three texts are united by the overarching theme of the teleological suspension of mainstream philosophy. Lewis Gordon takes a global approach to Africana philosophy and his text engages the issue of the historiography of Africana philosophy; George Yancy’s approach is situated within the subtradition of African American philosophy and his text pursues a critical Africana study of the existential reality of whiteness; and Neil Roberts situates his work within the subtradition of Afro-Caribbean philosophy, with the declared goal of tackling the concept of freedom.


African philosophy; Disciplinary decadence; Freedom; Marronage; Race; Sociogensis; Whiteness

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