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Description - Fanon and the Crisis of European Man by Lewis Gordon

Written in celebration of Frantz Fanon's 70th birthday, this text analyzes the work of Fanon as an existential-phenomenological philosopher of human sciences and liberation. Gordon deploys Fanon's work to illuminate how the "bad faith" of European science and civilization has philosophically stymied the project of liberation. He explores: the problems of historical salvation; the dynamics of oppression; the motivation behind contemporary European obstruction of the advancement of a racially just world; the forms of anonymity that pervade racist theorizing; and the reasons behind nonviolent transition to post-colonialism. Drawing on Fanon's existential phenomenology, his philosophical anthropology and his theories of violence, Gordon extends his analysis to the relationship between tragic literature and anti-colonial literature.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415914154
ISBN-10: 0415914159
Format: Paperback / softback
(280mm x 210mm x mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lewis Gordon

Lewis R. Gordon teaches Africana philosophy and contemporary religious thought at Brown University. He is author of Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Humanities), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences (Routledge), and Her Majesty's Other Children: Philosophical Sketches from a Neocolonial Age (Rowman & Littlefield). He is also co-editor of Fanon: A Critical Reader (Blackwell) and Black Texts and Textuality: Constructing and De-Constructing Blackness (Rowman & Littlefield).

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