The Black Book: Wittgenstein and Race

The Black Book: Wittgenstein and Race

by Richard A. Jones


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The Black Book: Wittgenstein and Race attempts to highlight the importance of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work for contemporary African American and Africana philosophy. Richard A. Jones argues that Wittgenstein's early Tractarian views on logical atomism and his later more holistic views from his work Philosophical Investigations are exceedingly relevant to African American philosophy. The Black Book investigates the epistemic, linguistic, and political grounds from which inspiration might be drawn. Ultimately, as philosophy attempts to redefine itself in a postmodern discourse where it has been deigned "concluded," it is the "awe for the ordinary" that Wittgenstein inspires and that should re-inspire the creative imaginary in Africana thought. The Black Book is an attempt to show that Wittgenstein's work continues to be important, not only for African American philosophers, but for all philosophers.

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ISBN-13: 9780761865957
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard A. Jones has taught mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy. His interests in philosophy include logic, epistemology, and critical race theory. He currently teaches philosophy at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Black Wittgenstein
2. Models, Kites, and Simulacra
3. The Conceptual Limits of Imagination
4. The Aspects of Infinity
5. Wittgensteinean Holism and Wonder
6. The Certainty of Leaving the World as I Found It
7. On Being "Duped" by Language: Therapeutic Philosophy
8. Rule Following and the Great Mirror
9. The Book I Did Not Write
10. Conclusion: Black Logic

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