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Black Enlightenment

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In Black Enlightenment Surya Parekh reimagines the Enlightenment from the position of the Black subject. Parekh examines the work of such Black writers as the free Jamaican Francis Williams (1697-1762), Afro-British thinker Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729-1780), and Afro-American poet Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784), alongside their white European contemporaries David Hume (1711-1776) and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). By rethinking the Enlightenment and its canons, Parekh complicates common understandings of the Enlightenment wherein Black subjects could only exist in negation to white subjects. Black Enlightenment points to the anxiety of race in Kant, Hume, and others while at the same time showing the importance of Black Enlightenment thought. Parekh prompts us to consider the timeliness of reading Black Enlightenment authors who become "free" in a society hostile to that freedom.

ISBN-13: 9781478025191

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Duke University Press

Publication Date: 08-18-2023

Pages: 216