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dc.contributor.authorL. Warren, Calvin
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-15 00:00:00
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-01T12:46:22Z
dc.date.available2020-04-01T12:46:22Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier649831
dc.identifierOCN: 1008764960en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/30152
dc.description.abstractIn Ontological Terror Calvin L. Warren intervenes in Afro-pessimism, Heideggerian metaphysics, and black humanist philosophy by positing that the "Negro question" is intimately imbricated with questions of Being. Warren uses the figure of the antebellum free black as a philosophical paradigm for thinking through the tensions between blackness and Being. He illustrates how blacks embody a metaphysical nothing. This nothingness serves as a destabilizing presence and force as well as that which whiteness defines itself against. Thus, the function of blackness as giving form to nothing presents a terrifying problem for whites: they need blacks to affirm their existence, even as they despise the nothingness they represent. By pointing out how all humanism is based on investing blackness with nonbeing—a logic which reproduces antiblack violence and precludes any realization of equality, justice, and recognition for blacks—Warren urges the removal of the human from its metaphysical pedestal and the exploration of ways of existing that are not predicated on a grounding in being.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHM Anthropology::JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
dc.subject.otherawareness
dc.subject.otherphilosophy
dc.subject.otherontology
dc.subject.otherrace
dc.subject.otherrace identity
dc.subject.otherracism
dc.subject.otherpolitical aspects
dc.subject.othernihilism
dc.subject.otherblacks
dc.subject.otherFree Negro
dc.subject.otherHumanism
dc.subject.otherMartin Heidegger
dc.subject.otherMetaphysics
dc.subject.otherNegro
dc.titleOntological Terror
dc.title.alternativeBlackness, Nihilism and Emancipation
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1215/9780822371847
oapen.relation.isPublishedByf0d6aaef-4159-4e01-b1ea-a7145b2ab14b
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameDuke University Press
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttps://www.dukeupress.edu/
oapen.relation.isbn9780822370727;9780822370871
oapen.pages233
oapen.place.publicationDurham
oapen.remark.publicRelevant Wikipedia pages: Free Negro - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Negro; Humanism - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism; Martin Heidegger - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Heidegger; Metaphysics - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metaphysics; Negro - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negro; Ontology - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology


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