Biko Mandela Gray and Ryan J. Johnson, Phenomenology of Black Spirit – Edinburgh University Press, 2022

Biko Mandela Gray and Ryan J. Johnson, Phenomenology of Black Spirit – Edinburgh University Press, 2022

Just an expensive hardback at the moment, unfortunately, but Ryan has shared a 30% discount code (NEW30).

What if the protagonist of Hegel’s Phenomenology were Black? 

Ryan Johnson and Biko Mandela Gray study the relationship between Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Black Thought from Frederick Douglass to Angela Davis

  • The first philosophy book written, in a single voice, by a Black philosopher and a white philosopher
  • Dramatizes a dialectical parallelism between Hegel’s Phenomenology and Black Thought
  • Diversifies and transforms the history of philosophy by forcing canonical thinkers into direct dialogue with 19th-20th-century African American, African, and Africana thinkers
  • Expands Hegel Studies by including habitually excluded perspectives and voices
  • Champions the history of African American Philosophy
  • Articulates the expansiveness and interdisciplinarity of Black Thought

This staging of an elongated dialectical parallelism between Hegel’s classic text and major 19th-20th-century Black thinkers explodes the western canon of philosophy. Johnson and Mandela Gray show that Hegel’s abstract dialectic is transformed and critiqued when put into conversation with the lived dialectics of Black Thought: from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs through to Malcolm X and Angela Davis.

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