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    2. Moral Perfectionism
    In Brandon M. Terry & Tommie Shelby (eds.), To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr, Harvard University Press. pp. 35-57. 2018.
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    Black aesthetics
    Philosophy Compass 5 (1): 1-15. 2010.
    This article introduces the preoccupations and themes that define the study and practice of black aesthetics. It presents a provisional sketch of a field that has long been recognized in other humanities disciplines, but that is only now gaining wide notice in academic philosophy. This sketch emphasizes the aspects of the field that invite specifically philosophic scrutiny, while touching lightly on specific artworks, critical literatures and historical developments. Among the topics that receiv…Read more
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    Those who know anything about black history and culture probably know that aesthetics has long been a central concern for black thinkers and activists. The Harlem Renaissance, the Negritude movement, the Black Arts Movement, and the discipline of Black British cultural studies all attest to the intimate connection between black politics and questions of style, beauty, expression, and art. And the participants in these and other movements have made art and offered analyses that wrestle with clear…Read more
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    The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (edited book)
    with Linda Alcoff and Luvell Anderson
    Routledge. 2017.
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    What's the Use of Calling Du Bois a Pragmatist?
    Metaphilosophy 35 (1-2): 99-114. 2004.
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    The two-Dewey thesis, continued: Shusterman's
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 16 (1). 2002.
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    We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (review)
    Social Theory and Practice 33 (1): 163-171. 2007.
  • Reconstructing Aesthetics: John Dewey, Expression Theory, and Cultural Criticism
    Dissertation, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick. 1997.
    Contemporary analytic aestheticians have little interest in the old paradigm of expression theory. They observe that expression theorists tend to locate the essence of art in the externalization of emotion, and they argue persuasively that this tendency is unfortunate. Then they consign expression theorists like Dewey; Collingwood, and Croce to the dustbin of history. This dismissive posture has become standard in aesthetics, for some good reasons. But at least in the case of Dewey, the reasons …Read more
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    Evading evasion, recovering recovery
    Journal of Speculative Philosophy 25 (2): 174-183. 2011.
    In his contribution to Cheryl Misak's New Pragmatists volume, David Bakhurst considers the "prospect of a fruitful alliance between [ethical] particularism and pragmatism." 1 In an attempt to show that members of the two camps can "profit from critical engagement with each other's works" (124), he considers how pragmatists might help resolve three outstanding problems for ethical particularists. Unfortunately, his generosity outpaces his imagination, and he does not really find a great deal that…Read more
  • The Philosophical I: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy
    with Nicholas Rescher, Richard Shusterman, Linda Martín Alcoff, Lorraine Code, Sandra Harding, Bat-Ami Bar On, John Lachs, John J. Stuhr, Douglas Kellner, Thomas E. Wartenberg, Nancey Murphy, Charles W. Mills, Nancy Tuana, and Joseph Margolis
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2002.
    Philosophy is shaped by life and life is shaped by philosophy. This is reflected in The Philosophical I, a collection of 16 autobiographical essays by prominent philosophers
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    Making Niagara a Cataract: Cornel West, Greatness, and the Music of Ideas
    Contemporary Pragmatism 4 (1): 91-115. 2007.
    There is an odd duality in Cornel West's work. He is a generous thinker and voracious interlocutor, willing to learn from anyone on a sincere quest for insight. But he is also he is an unapologetic admirer of greatness, as stingy with ascriptions of genius as he is lavish with praise for the select few who qualify. "Making Niagara a Cataract" reflects on this duality. I try to explain what motivates West's commitment to the importance of greatness, and how these motivations emerge from and shape…Read more
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    Bare Ontology and Social Death
    Philosophical Papers 42 (3). 2013.
    No abstract
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    v. 1. Philosophy and the history of race, race in the history of philosophy -- v.2. Racial being and knowing -- v. 3. Race-ing beauty, goodness, and right -- v. 4. Intersections and positions.
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    Paul C. Taylor provides an accessible guide to a well-travelled but still-mysterious area of the contemporary social landscape. The result is the first philosophical introduction to the field of race theory and to a non-biological and situational notion of race. Provides the first philosophical introduction to the field of race theory. Outlines the main features and implications of race-thinking; asks questions such as: What is race-thinking? Don’t we know better than to talk about race now? Are…Read more
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    Journal of Social Philosophy 41 (3): 237-243. 2010.
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    After Race, After Justice, After History
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 47 (S1): 25-41. 2009.
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    W.E.B. Du Bois
    Philosophy Compass 5 (11): 904-915. 2010.
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    ... So Black and Blue: Response to Rudinow
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 53 (3): 313-316. 1995.
  • On Obama
    Routledge. 2014.
    On Obama examines some of the key philosophical questions that accompany the historic emergence of the 44th US president. The purpose of the book is to take seriously the once-common thought that Mr. Obama had ushered in a post-historical age. Three questions organize the argument of the book. Has the US become post-racial? Does Obama’s pragmatism show the way to a post-partisan approach to politics? And does the reining in of US power and ambitions signal the emergence of a post-imperial moment…Read more
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    Context and Complaint: On Racial Disorientation
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 35 (1-2): 331-351. 2014.