Saturday, April 5, 2014

Questions for the Black Philosopher

Is the subject of race inescapable for the black philosopher? Must every black philosopher be expected to say something about, or be an “expert” on, the subject of race? Must philosophy for the black philosopher be self-reflexive, so that his/her blackness, and the meaning of that blackness in relation to society, must become the subject of his/her philosophy? What obligation does the black philosopher have to be socially and politically engaged? Must philosophy for the black philosopher entail political activism? Can the black philosopher only engage in “real” philosophy after he/she has discovered what it means for him/her to be black?