Troy Posted August 15, 2015 Report Share Posted August 15, 2015 I started reading this book recently, African-American Philosophers: 17 Conversations, it made me think about another conversation on this discussion forum, “Who's filled the intellectual void after James Baldwin?,” which I initiated in reaction to the Toni Morrison blurb of Ta-Nehisi Coates new book, the Power List Best seller, Between the World an Me ; “I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died…clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates.” While this is a bold statement I did not initially take it seriously, as authors typically exaggerate when endorsing another author's book. But given that it was Toni Morrison making the statement, some folks, most notably, Cornel West, took issue with the statement; going overboard, in my opinion, in his reaction. If it were a more obscure author making the same statement, I'd be willing to bet Cornel would have overlooked it.I've become more concerned with the idea that Baldwin's passing left an "intellectual void" for the past 30 years. There are a great many Black intellectuals which is one of the reason I've started reading African-American Philosophers.The book was published in 1998 among the philosophers interviewed include Anita L. Allen, Robert E. Birt, Bernard R. Boxhill, Joyce Mitchell Cook, Angela Y. Davis, Lewis R. Gordon, Leonard Harris, Joy Ann James, Tommy L. Lott, Hoard McGary, Jr., Michele M. Moody-Adams, Albert Mosley, Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr., Adrian M. S. Piper, Laurence Thomas, Cornell West, and Naomi Zack.With the exception of Davis and West, I'd imagine most of these thinkers are unknown to the general population. "intellectual void"...Puhleese! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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