The intellectual history of the last quarter of the 20th century has been marked by the growing influence of Africana thought - an area of philosophy that focuses on issues raised by the struggle over ideas in African cultures and their hybrid forms in Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. This book presents an introduction to the field of Africana philosophy and aims to help define this rapidly growing field. Lewis R. Gordon introduces and discusses Africana existential thought for a general audience, covering a range of both classic and contemporary thinkers - from Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. DuBois to Frantz Fanon, Angela Davis and Naomi Zack.
Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Afro-American Studies, Modern Culture and Media, and Contemporary Religious Thought at Brown University. He is author of Fanon and the Crisis of European Man (1995) and editor of Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (1996), both published by Routledge.