The Black philosophers discussed in class are presenting a critique or counter-narrative of
specific philosophical problems within a certain historical context. As part of the larger
philosophical tradition they are also responding to a conversation [discourse] within the Black
intellectual tradition. In your estimation, why is this conversation [discourse] within and beyond
the Black experience significant to the larger presentation of philosophical traditions and schools
of thought? This conversation [discourse] can relate to a specific authors/philosophers and their
presentation of philosophical ideas [meta-philosophy] or it can directly relate to the overall
philosophical themes discussed in class [i.e. racism, education, etc.].
Critically analyze and examine:
•How a specific philosopher addresses the philosophical problems within the Black
philosophical experience as it relates to the larger philosophical tradition. Is there a Black
Philosophy? and if so, what makes it a Black philosophy and why is it necessary? How does
Black Philosophy relate to the larger Black intellectual tradition?
1.Provide biographical information on the philosopher[s] under discussion to clearly establish
any academic or philosophical connection.
2.Present/introduce the basic philosophical concepts or thesis of the philosophers examined as it
relates to the Black experience and to the specific time period they were responding to.
3.Explain the placement of the works by African American philosophers discussed in class
within the African American philosophical tradition and the overall philosophical traditions [i.e.
schools of thought].
4.Explain and examine the conceptual problem[s] presented in a given philosopher’s arguments.
What is the author’s purpose/objective of presenting certain conceptual problems? [You chose
the philosopher, but be sure to fully explain their arguments and the reason why YOU chose that
Overall, I am looking for a well thought-out, clearly articulated argument defending your
position of the above mentioned questions pertaining to the reasoning undergirding the
philosophical concepts and themes discussed in class and in the required tex
W.E.B Dubois, Martain luther king, william r jones, Alain Locke, Eugene Holmes, Samual Williams, Roy D Morrison,Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, Malcolm X, Huey P Newton, Angela Davis, William A Banner.
Ok so You have to pick four of these and talk a little about them and what they contributed, but also you have to find a similarity between them and connect them, like they both went to Harvard and meet there, she wants the paragraphs connected like that.