Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism

ISBN-10: 1573925349
ISBN-13: 9781573925341
Edition: N/A
Authors: Lewis R. Gordon
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List price: $28.99
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 2/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.78" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Lewis Gordon presents the first detailed existential phenomenological investigation of antiblack racism as a form of Sartrean bad faith. Bad faith, the attitude in which human beings attempt to evade freedom and responsibility, is treated as a constant possibility of human existence. Antiblack racism, the attitude and practice that involve the construction of black people as fundamentally inferior and subhuman, is examined as an effort to evade the responsibilities of a human and humane world. Gordon argues that the concept of bad faith militates against any human science that is built upon a theory of human nature and as such offers an analysis of antiblack racism that stands as a challenge to our ordinary assumptions of what it means to be human.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Bad Faith?
Bad Faith
A "Determined" Attitude That Involves Lying to Ourselves
The Irony of Belief
Anguish
The Elusiveness of Transcendence and the Comfort of Facticity
What Am I to Me?
Taking Ourselves Too Seriously
The Body in Bad Faith
"Strong" and "Weak" Bad Faith
Some Critical Remarks
How Is Bad Faith Possible?
The Question of Authenticity
Logic of Racism, Racist Logic
A Recent Theory
Racialism, Racism, Racialists, and Racists
Affective Dimensions of Racism and Race
Antiblack Racism
Racism and Antiblack Racism
White and Black Bodies in Bad Faith
Black Antiblackness in an Antiblack World
Exoticism: Antiblackness Under the Guise of Love
Effeminacy: The Quality of Black Beings
Antiblack Racism and Ontology
"God" in an Antiblack World
An Antiblack Cosmogony
"Is God a White Racist?"
The White God and the Black Sufferer
Ultimate Desire and Authenticity in an Antiblack World
To Be Black, Faithful, and Suffering
Critical Encounters
"I-Thou"
Ethical Concerns
Deconstruction
Marxism
The Living Dead
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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