The scope of this article is twofold. First, it reconstructs Africana phenomenology, retracing Lewis R. Gordon’s philosophical elaborations, accounting for the influence of figures such as Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Søren Kierkegaard. We show how Gordon’s recasting the Husserlian notion of bracketing impacts political thought and social criticism. Second, we evidence in Gordon as well as in many prominent contemporary Black intellectual figures a preferential option for a radical democratic politics that emphasizes creativity and coalition over enmity and opposition. Finally, this article argues that while notions of violence and self-determination are not popular within current Black thought, they are intrinsically part of the Black radical tradition. Therefore, they should be reinvested by Africana philosophy and phenomenology.
|Number of pages||35|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Feb 2023|
- Africana philosophy
- Lewis R. Gordon
- black radical tradition