Philosophy in Multiple Voices invites transactional dialogue, critical imagination, and the desire to travel to enter those discursive spaces where the love of wisdom gets inflected through both lived embodiment and situational history. The text raises significant meta-philosophical questions around the issue of who constitutes the 'philosophical we' through a delineation and valorization of multiple philosophical voices-African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Asian-American, Feminist, Latin-American, Lesbian, Native-American and Queer-that set forth complex concerns around canon formation, the relationship between philosophical discursive configurations and issues of gendered, sexed, racial and ethnic identities, the dynamic of shifting philosophical historical trajectories, differential philosophical visions, sensibilities, and philosophical praxes that are still largely underrepresented within the institutional confines of 'mainstream' philosophy. The text encourages philosophical heterogeneity as a value that ought to be nurtured.
Yancy has provided a valuable set of readings in this philosophical collection. He offers a rare opportunity for the voices of minority groups to be heard, by representing their worldviews as valid epistemic and ontological perspectives. . . . This volume offers students and professors an opportunity to explore and evaluate existing philosophical assumptions, and to explore alternative philosophical perspectives....They are insightful in their challenges to the Western foundational assumptions of philosophy. This work is a must for any library.
Thomas E. Wartenberg
Many of us have been looking for a book like Philosophy in Multiple Voices. It answers the need for a comprehensive assessment of how the project of philosophy can be transformed in order to address the realities of gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity. This is an important work for philosophers and their students to read, think about, and discuss. No one will finish it without having questioned their understanding of philosophy.
Donna-Dale L. Marcano
George Yancy's anthology 'troubles' the purity of philosophical waters and re-acquaints the philosophical community with that all important question, 'what is philosophy?' What we understand, and are given, through the various philosophical voices from feminist philosophy to lesbian philosophy to Native American philosophy, is a rich and complex picture of varied relationships to and in philosophy and thus, a richer and deeper portrait of philosophy. Finally, a book in which marginalized philosophers, present and future, can and will find themselves!
George Yancy and the contributors of Philosophy in Multiple Voices present clearly-written, experientially rooted essays whose power and resonance derives in large measure from being part of an ensemble. The benefit to scholars and especially students is incalculable.
Fall 2008 Newsletter On Feminism and Philosophy
This collection should be of great value to philosophers interested in diversity issues....The collection raises helpful questions....Philosophy in Multiple Voices is a valuable addition to the philosophical literature on diversity and thanks are owed to George Yancy for producing this collection.
George Yancy teaches philosophy at Duquesne University. He is the author of many articles and chapters on critical race theory. He has also edited several other volumes, notably White on White/Black on Black, which won a Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award for 2005.
Chapter 1 Introduction: No Philosophical Oracle Voices Chapter 2 Chapter 1: What is Feminist Philosophy? Chapter 3 Chapter 2: What is Lesbian Philosophy? (A Misleading Question) Chapter 4 Chapter 3: What is Queer Philosophy? Chapter 5 Chapter 4: What is Africana Philosophy? Chapter 6 Chapter 5: What ss Afro-Caribbean Philosophy? Chapter 7 Chapter 6: What is Latin American Philosophy? Chapter 8 Chapter 7: What is American Indian Philosophy? Towards a Critical Indigenous Philosophy Chapter 9 Chapter 8: What is Asian American Philosophy?