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Critical Affinities
Nietzsche and African American Thought
Critical Affinities
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Jacqueline Scott - Editor
A. Todd Franklin - Editor
Robert Gooding-Williams - Foreword by
SUNY series, Philosophy and Race
Price: $74.50 
Hardcover - 287 pages
Release Date: September 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6861-5
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6861-6

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Paperback - 287 pages
Release Date: September 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6862-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6862-3

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Explores convergences between the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche and African American thought.

Critical Affinities is the first book to explore the multifaceted relationship between the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and various dimensions of African American thought. Exploring the connections between these two unlikely interlocutors, the contributors focus on unmasking and understanding the root causes and racially inflected symptoms of various manifestations of cultural malaise. They contemplate the operative warrant for reconstituted conceptions of racial identity and recognize the existential and social recuperative potential of the will to power. In so doing, they simultaneously foster and exemplify a nuanced understanding of what both traditions regard as “the art of the cultural physician.” The contributors connote daring scholarly attempts to explicate the ways in which clarifying the critical affinities between Nietzsche and various expressions of African American thought not only enriches our understanding of each, but also enhances our ability to realize the broader ends of advancing the prospects for social and psychological flourishing.

“These essays complicate and perhaps disrupt common notions of the discursive options available to black studies. Rather than promote an afrocentric, diasporic, queered, or feminist black studies, they tacitly envision a black studies charmed and unsettled by a seducer, by Nietzsche—a black studies richer in itself, newer to itself than before, full of new will and currents, full of new dissatisfactions. ” — from the Foreword by Robert Gooding-Williams

Contributors include Christa Davis Acampora, Daniel W. Conway, A. Todd Franklin, Robert Gooding-Williams, Lewis R. Gordon, Kathleen Marie Higgins, John Pittman, Jacqueline Scott, Paul C. Taylor, Cynthia Willett, and James Winchester.

Jacqueline Scott is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. A. Todd Franklin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hamilton College.


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Robert Gooding-Williams

Note on Abbreviations

Introduction: The Art of the Cultural Physician

Part I: Diagnoses

1. Kindred Spirits: Nietzsche and Locke as Progenitors of Axiological Liberation
A. Todd Franklin

2. Nietzsche, Ressentiment, Lynching
John Pittman

3. Double Consciousness and Second Sight
Kathleen Marie Higgins

4. Of Tragedy and the Blues in an Age of Decadence: Thoughts on Nietzsche and African America
Lewis R. Gordon

Part II: Prescriptions

5. Ecce Negro: How To Become a Race Theorist
Paul C. Taylor

6. Nietzsche’s Proto-Phenomenological Approach to the Theoretical Problem of Race
Daniel W. Conway

7. The Price of the Ticket: A Genealogy and Revaluation of Race
Jacqueline Scott

Part III: Regimens of Recovery

8. Unlikely Illuminations: Nietzsche and Frederick Douglass on Power, Struggle, and the Aisthesis of Freedom
Christa Davis Acampora

9. Masculinity and Existential Freedom: Wright, Ellison, Morrison, and Nietzsche
Cynthia Willett

10. Why Nietzsche (Sometimes) Can’t Sing the Blues, or Davis, Nietzsche, and the Social Embeddedness of Aesthetic Judgments
James Winchester

List of Contributors
Index



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