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Ontological terror : Blackness, nihilism, and emancipation / Calvin L. Warren.

Other records:
Author/Creator:
Warren, Calvin L., 1980- author.
Publication:
Durham : Duke University Press, 2018.
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 220 pages ; 23 cm.
Subjects:
Race -- Political aspects.
Racism.
Race awareness.
Blacks -- Race identity.
Nihilism (Philosophy)
Ontology.
Blacks -- Race identity.
Nihilism (Philosophy)
Ontology.
Race awareness.
Race -- Political aspects.
Racism.
Summary:
The author intervenes in Afro-pessimism, Heideggerian metaphysics, and black humanist philosophy by positing that the "Negro question" is intimately imbricated with questions of Being. The author uses the figure of the antebellum free black as a philosophical paradigm for thinking through the tensions between blackness and Being. He illustrates how blacks embody a metaphysical nothing. This nothingness serves as a destabilizing presence and force as well as that which whiteness defines itself against. Thus, the function of blackness as giving form to nothing presents a terrifying problem for whites: they need blacks to affirm their existence, even as they despise the nothingness they represent. by pointing out how all humanism is based on investing blackness with non-Being - a logic which reproduces anti-black violence and precludes any realization of equality, justice, and recognition for blacks - the author urges the removal of the human from its metaphysical pedestal and the exploration of way of existing that are not predicated on grounding in Being.
Contents:
Acknowledgments
The free Black is nothing
The question of Black being
Outlawing
Scientific horror
Catachrestic fantasies
Adieu to the human
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]-210) and index (pages [211]-220).
Other format:
Online version: Warren, Calvin L., 1980- Ontological terror.
ISBN:
9780822370727
0822370727
9780822370871
0822370875
OCLC:
985682018
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