1st Edition

Caliban's Reason Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy

By Paget Henry Copyright 2000
    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    Paget introduces the general reader to Afro-Caribbean philosophy in this ground-breaking work. Since Afro-Caribbean thought is inherently hybrid in nature, he traces the roots of this discourse in traditional African thought and in the Christian and Enlightenment traditions of Western Europe.

    Acknowledgements Preface Introduction Part I: Sampling the Founding Texts 1. The African Philosophical Heritage 2. C. L. R. James, African, and Afro-Caribbean Philosophy 3. Frantz Fanon, African and Afro-Caribbean Philosophy 4. Wilson Harris and Caribbean Poeticism Part II: Unity, Rationality and African Thought 5. Sylvia Wynter: Poststructuralism and Postcolonial Thought 6. Afro-American Philosophy: A Caribbean Perspective 7. Habermas, Phenomenology, and Rationality: An Africana Contribution Part III: Reconstructing Caribbean Historiciam 8. Pan-Africanism and Philosophy: Race, Class, and Development 9. Caribbean Marxism: After the Neoliberal and Linguistic Turns 10. Caribbean Historicism: Toward Reconstruction Conclusion Notes Index


    Paget Henry is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Brown University. He is author of Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (1985) and co- editor of Newer Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy and Development (1983) and C.L.R. James' Caribbean (1992).

    "...this volume is a cutting-edge contribution to the debate on African ethnophilosophy." -- Choice
    "Paget Henry refines the intellectual life of the Caribbean like an alchemist [which results] in a high level of sophistication and reflexivity. The result is both a revealing work of intellectual history, and a new impetus in philosophy." -- Randall Collins, author of The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change
    "...will provoke lively discussion and stimulate a healthy debate about the process and content of Caribbean creolization and philosophy." -- Roberto Marquez, William R. Kenan Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mount Holyoke College
    "...this volume is a cutting-edge contribution to the debate on African enthophilosophy." -- T.L. Lott, San Jose State University