African American Philosophy: A General Outline

John H. McClendon and Stephen C. Ferguson

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

African American Philosophy: A General Outline


This article provides an introduction to African American philosophy. African American philosophy is intimately tied to African American intellectual history and culture. There are two salient, opposing (yet dialectically related) traditions within African American political and intellectual culture: one of accommodation and another of resistance to exploitation and oppression. Recent African American philosophical perspectives and trends include investigations into the philosophical ideas associated with particular Black thinkers, research in the area of Black Studies, and African American Marxists' dialectical materialist philosophical perspective on the Black experience.

Keywords: African American philosophy; African American philosophers; assimilation; resistance; Black Studies; African American Marxists

Article.  6411 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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