GVSU Philosophical Society's African-American Philosophy Day
Friday February 17 from 11:30-1:00pm in Mackinac Hall (MAK BLL-132)
“The Africana Question: An introduction to Tommy Curry's 'On Derelict and Method'”
GVSU philosophy and history major Patrick Anderson will lead a discussion of Tommy Curry's article "On Derelict and Method: The Methodological Crisis of African American Philosophy's Study of African-Descended Peoples Under an Integrationist Milieu" (Radical Philosophy Review, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2011), pp. 139-164). To start the discussion, Patrick will give a short presentation on Curry's distinction between "psuedological" critique - which attempts to subsume Africana philosophy into the post-civil rights liberal framework by using Black philosophers to "fix" European thought - and "culturalogical" critique - which urges us to understand Black philosophers as critics of anti-Black racism. Because pseudological critique is the dominant approach of academic philosophy, the decisions regarding which Black philosophers are considered 'properly philosophical' are political, not philosophical. Copies of the essay are available in the Philosophy Department main office on the third floor of Mackinac Hall.