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date: 11 November 2019

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There are several misunderstandings regarding phenomenological approaches to the study of race—particularly the view that such research is a form of “applied” European or Euro-continental philosophy. Building on earlier work on racism as a form of bad faith and the philosophical anthropology of such a critique, an Africana existential phenomenological exploration of the study of race, racism, and the power dynamics behind their manifestations helps shift the Euro-centrism of contemporary phenomenology. An objection to the Afro-pessimistic assertion of blackness as social death can thus be raised from a Fanonian phenomenological perspective: Why must the social world be premised on the attitudes and perspectives of antiblack racists? Why don’t blacks among each other and other communities of color count as a social perspective?

Keywords: Africana philosophy, black existentialism, phenomenology, race, Afro-pessimism

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