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Afro-Caribbean Philosophy

Phil 135

Dr. Patrick Goodin

This course examines the Afro-Caribbeana contribution to philosophic discourse. Afro-Caribbeana philosophy is here understood as a sub-division of Caribbeana philosophy, which encompasses Caribbean voices in the Caribbean proper as well as those who have resided or currently reside in Europe and the Americas. Afro-Caribbeana philosophy, then, is such work generated by or focusing on the concerns of the African-descended voices of the Caribbean.

As the Nobel-prize winning West Indian poet Derek Walcott remarks in his seminal essay “The Muse of History,” ‘[t]he common experience of the New World…is colonialism.’ And we may add modern European colonialism, imperialism, slavery, and racism. Our task then will be to:

• Subject such notions as colonialism, slavery, freedom, and racism to philosophical scrutiny in the context of Afro-Caribbeana experience,

• Explore the “look” and “shape” of philosophy as it comes to light through the prismatic luminosity of colonial and post-colonial Afro-Caribbeana experience, that is, see how philosophy is constructed through the experience of forced migration and enslavement in a new land, new language, and a multicultural matrix,

• Examine such notions as national and cultural identity, modernity and the Caribbean as the offspring of European modernity, oppression, race, color, and Afro-Caribbeana religiosity.


African American Philosophy
Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Classical Ethics
Comparative Philosophy: Philosophical Explanations of Evil Across Cultures
Current Topics: Philosophy and Ethics of Appropriate Technology and Development
Current Topics: Africana Philosophy and Film
Environmental Ethics
Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics of Medical Care
Ethics of Medical Care
History of Africana Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Social Science
Principles of Reasoning
Representative Thinkers
Seminar on Aristotle 
Symbolic Logic


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