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date: 26 February 2020

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Race is central to the development of existentialism and its key axioms and understanding this broadens the existential map beyond Europe and its philosophical traditions. Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Jean-Paul Sartre, Frantz Fanon, and Albert Memmi developed their existentialist critiques of race via a set of exchanges among themselves. Their body of work explains how a Jew like Mailer or Memmi comes to think of himself as a “white Negro” or an “African Arab.” It also enables us to consider whether race is an idea or a set of institutional and structural arrangements and what the ramifications of this debate are for how existentialists understand racism.

Keywords: existentialism, anxiety, bad faith, heterophobia, white Negro

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