African-American Philosophers brings into conversation seventeen of the foremost thinkers of color to discuss issues such as Black existentialism, racism, Black women philosophers within the academy, affirmative action and the conceptual parameters of African-American philosophy.
Through use of similar thematic questions, George Yancy establishes an intertextual dialogue between the interviewees, and focuses on aspects of biography, influence and African-American identity in the development of an intellectual's life. For the first time, these interviews give voice to the lives, work and thought of contemporary African-American philosophical thinkers.
Interviewees: Anita L. Allen, Robert E. Birt, Bernard R. Boxhill, Joyce Mitchell Cook, Angela Y. Davis, Lewis R. Gordon, Leonard Harris, Joy Ann James, Tommy L. Lott, Howard McGary, Jr., Michele M. Moody-Adams, Albert Mosley, Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr., Adrian M. S. Piper, Laurence Thomas, 0ornel West, Naomi Zack.
Yancy, a clinical family therapist in Philadelphia, interviews 17 black philosophers on such issues as racism, the nature of African American philosophy, affirmative action, and other topics of interest in contemporary African American thought. Among those interviewed are Robert E. Birt, Laurence Thomas, Joy Ann James, Angela Y. Davis, Anita L. Allen, and Cornel West. The interviewees span a wide range of contemporary thought and experience; Yancy is a skilled interviewer whose intelligent and probing questions add depth to his subjects' responses. Each interview begins with a brief biography and ends with a selective bibliography of the interviewee's published works. On the whole, the interviews are of high caliber, in particular the lead interview with Davis, who talks about the factors that affected her intellectual and social development. Recommended for libraries with collections in contemporary American thought, black studies, and the history of philosophy.--Terry C. Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec