Not Only the Master's Tools: African American Studies in Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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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.

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Meet the Author

Jane Anna Gordon is Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at UConn. She is the author of Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict Over Community Control in Ocean-Hill Brownsville, 1967–1971 (Routledge, 2001), which was listed by The Gotham Gazette as one of the four best books recently published on Civil Rights, and co-editor of A Companion to African-American Studies (Blackwell’s, 2006) and Not Only the Master’s Tools (Paradigm Publishers, 2006). Gordon’s Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon is forthcoming with Fordham University Press.

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy, Africana Studies, and Judaic Studies at UConn and Europhilosophy Visiting Chair, Toulouse University, France. He will be the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Visiting Professor at Rhodes University in South Africa for 2014-2016. His publications include Her Majesty's Other Children (Rowman and Littlefield, 1997) which won the Gustavus Myer's Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights.

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Table of Contents

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
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