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Philosophies of community: An inquiry into African -American sociopolitical thought


2000 2000

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This dissertation examines several conceptions of community drawn from both mainstream analytic philosophy and from the African-American philosophical tradition. It scrutinizes these in light of the need to provide models that are empirically adequate to African-American experiences of community and that also provide ideals capable of guiding African-Americans in the struggle to rebuild communities in a context where many forces combine to undermine them.

I argue that mainstream traditions in contemporary Western social and political philosophy have failed in these tasks and I therefore turn to conceptions of community offered by prominent African-American philosophers. Following an examination of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “Beloved Community,” I analyze Cornel West's and Lucius Outlaw's ideals for African-American political community. In conclusion, I offer arguments for conceptualizing African-American community drawing on postmodern insights.

This dissertation brings canonical Western social and political philosophy into direct engagement with recent African-American philosophy. It argues that the distinctive nature of African-American experience requires that Black community be conceptualized in ways that transcend received views and inherited traditions. It concludes that the establishment of sustainable and flourishing Black communities requires the formulation of conceptions of community that are non-assimilative, non-separatist, “redemptive” and transformative and that these have not yet emerged.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Philosophy;
African Americans
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0325: African Americans
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences; African-American; Community; Sociopolitical thought
Title
Philosophies of community: An inquiry into African -American sociopolitical thought
Author
Jones, Richard Argustia
Number of pages
309
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0051
Source
DAI-A 61/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599854253, 0599854251
Advisor
Jaggar, Alison M.
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9979355
ProQuest document ID
304589984
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304589984/abstract
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