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Not Only the Master's Tools: African American Studies in Theory and Practice brings together new essays on the ongoing value of black thought. In the service of what the editors call epistemological decolonization of African American studies, the first part examines the grounding of theoretical reason from various perspectives such as Africana philosophy, philosophical anthropology, and black literary theory. The second part offers theoretical explorations of practical reason as it unfolds in the study of slavery, education, queerness, politics, and ethics. Responding to Audre Lorde's famous dictum that "The Master's tools will never dismantle the Master's house", the editors and these internationally renowned scholars ask: "Why not instead devote attention to using those and other tools to build new, more open houses?"
Important for anyone interested in the ongoing importance of ideas, the book is well suited for students and scholars of Africana studies, philosophy, literary theory, educational theory, social and political thought, and postcolonial studies.
|Pt. I||The geopolitically of African-American epistemic struggles|
|1||African-American philosophy, race, and the geography of reason||3|
|2||Toward a critique of continental reason : Africana studies and the decolonization of imperial cartographies in the Americas||51|
|3||The idea of post-European science : an essay on phenomenology and Africana studies||85|
|4||On how we mistook the map for the territory, and re-imprisoned ourselves in our unbearable wrongness of being, of Desetre : black studies toward the human project||107|
|Pt. II||Transfigurations of African-American being and doing|
|5||Pedagogy and the philosophical anthropology of African-American slave culture||173|
|6||Double consciousness and the problem of political legitimacy||205|
|7||On the possibilities of posthumanism, or how to think queerly in an antiblack world||227|
|8||Philosophy in the African tradition of resistance : issues of human freedom and human flourishing||243|