This collection gives George Yancy’s transformative work in social and political philosophy and the philosophy of race the critical attention it has long deserved. Contributors apply perspectives from disciplines including philosophy, sociology, education, communication, peace and conflict studies, religion, and psychology.
Kimberley Ducey is associate professor in sociology at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is a recipient of Québec’s Forces AVENIR Award for her efforts in promoting liberation sociology. She has published articles on liberation sociology, genocide, and pedagogical strategies.
Clevis R. Headley is associate professor of philosophy at Florida Atlantic University where he specializes in Africana philosophy, critical race theory, epistemology, the philosophy of language, and philosophy of mathematics. Headley has co-edited two books, Shifting the Geography of Reason (2007) and Haiti and the Americas (2013) and is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Race, Philosophy, and Being: Working Through the Contestability of Race and Philosophy, which is under contract with Lexington Books.
Joe R. Feagin is a U.S. sociologist and social theorist who has conducted extensive research on racial and gender issues, especially in regard to the United States. He is currently the Ella C. McFadden Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University. Feagin has done much research work on race and ethnic relations and has served as the scholar in residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written over 60 books, one of which (Ghetto Revolts) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard Alumni Association achievement award and was the 1999-2000 president of the American Sociological Association.
Clevis R. Headley, Kimberley Ducey, and Joe R. Feagin
Part One: Tarrying, the Gift and Tradition
Ryan J. Johnson and Biko Mandela Gray
Selihom Andarge, Nicholas Aranda, Josie Brady, Tricia Charfauros, Kelly Coakley, Dr. Becky Vartabedian, and Regi Worles
Part Two: Groundings in Existential Phenomenology
Daniel C. Blight
Harry A. Nethery
Part Three: Educating Reason: Critical Pedagogy
Mark William Westmoreland
E. Lâle Demirtürk
Part Four: Race, Whiteness and Philosophy
Clarence S. Johnson
Anthony Paul Smith
This book is a must read whether or not one is familiar with the work of African American philosopher George Yancy. The editors have collected essays that chronicle and critique Yancy’s career and writings. The contributors discuss Yancy's ability to bring together philosophy and African American intellectual knowledge to advance an inclusive standard in philosophical inquiry that has been lacking. The essays investigate various ways in which Yancy uses and expands beyond traditional white philosophical limits. The focus of the essays ranges from existentialism and phenomenology to the influence, social and political, of Yancy’s writings on critical theory, race discussions, and issues of whiteness—his use of “love-laden” “academic and improvisational” skills requires readers to stand and experience unsettling situations to address ways forward. Readable and philosophically impactful, this collection is required reading for philosophy, critical studies, and fields that touch on any of these issues. Read on university-wide and administrative levels, this book will open important discussions on race. Essential. All readers.
[T]his collection gives George Yancy’s transformative work in social and political philosophy and the philosophy of race the critical attention it has long deserved.... Similar to critical readers, which are designed to acknowledge the scholarly work of outstanding thinkers, George Yancy: A Critical Introduction consists of multiple insightful and deeply generative interpretations of Yancy’s work within the areas of critical whiteness studies, critical philosophy of race, critical phenomenology (especially, with respect to racial embodiment), critical pedagogy, and philosophy of the Black experience. Yancy’s contributions to these disciplinary matrices are explored from diverse perspectives, numerous interdisciplinary orientations, and philosophical standpoints. Accordingly, George Yancy: A Critical Introduction is not an occasion for uncritical genuflection to Yancy’s philosophically imaginative work. Rather, the volume represents the convergence of various critically engaging, imaginative, and creative mediations on Yancy’s challenging and philosophically fecund work.
If philosophy is about promoting and engaging in self-reflection, George Yancy is a consummate philosopher.... What Professor Yancy offers, and what this volume—always personally and often eloquently demonstrates—is the necessity and the difficulty of confronting oneself on the way to confronting our deeply racist society.
George Yancy is a towering figure on the contemporary philosophical landscape! His piercing intellect, moral courage and sensitive soul lead him and us to forms of analysis, zones of compassion and options for praxis in an unprecedented manner. He is grounded in conversations with great voices of the philosophical past yet also immersed in dialogues with grand figures in the present searching for a better future. George Yancy is what philosophy should embody and enact in our dim and grim 21st century!
George Yancy has been a vital voice in philosophy for many a long year. In this book, a diverse group of scholars working in many disciplines explore for us what they have learned from him, inviting us into the world of his insights.
This essential collection pays tribute to the most prolific, plugged-in contemporary philosopher of race, culture and public values in the United States.
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