Between Slavery and Freedom

Between Slavery and Freedom

Philosophy and American Slavery
Jr.Howard McGary and Bill E. Lawson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/22/1993
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20745-6
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Using the writings of slaves and former slaves, as well as commentaries on slavery, Between Slavery and Freedom explores the American slave experience to gain a better understanding of six moral and political concepts—oppression, paternalism, resistance, political obligation, citizenship, and forgiveness. The authors use analytical philosophy as well as other disciplines to gain insight into the thinking of a group of people prevented from participating in the social/political discourse of their times.

Between Slavery and Freedom rejects the notion that philosophers need not consider individual experience because philosophy is "impartial" and "universal." A philosopher should also take account of matters that are essentially perspectival, such as the slave experience. McGary and Lawson demonstrate the contribution of all human experience, including slave experiences, to the quest for human knowledge and understanding.

Author Bio

HOWARD MCGARY, Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, has published widely in African American philosophy and social philosophy. BILL E. LAWSON, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware, is the editor of and a contributor to The Underclass Question. His research has focused on issues regarding political obligations and political oppression.

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““Howard McGary and Bill Lawson have written a pioneering work. Never before has the African slave experience been the site of exploring the complex relation of philosophical reflection and historical interpretation. Challenging in its formulations and bold in its efforts to connect high theory to tragic reality, this text breaks new ground in an impressive manner.” —Cornel West, author of Race Matters “In a book that instantly enriches undergraduate teaching options in the field of social philosophy, McGary and Lawson have made a worthy attempt at engaging a wide audience in a conversation of greatest concern to many African Americans—that is, a systematic discussion about American slavery as a particular set of influential practices and ideas.” —Ethics Using the writings of slaves and commentaries on slavery, the authors explore the American slave experience to gain a better understanding of six moral and political concepts—oppression, paternalism, resistance, political obligation, citizenship, and forgiveness. They use analytical philosophy to gain insight into the thinking of people prevented from participating in the social/political discourse of their times.”

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Philosophy and American Slavery: An Introduction
Howard McGary and Bill Lawson

One. Oppression and Slavery
Bill Lawson

Two. Paternalism and Slavery
Howard McGary

Three. Resistance and Slavery

Four. Citizenship and Slavery
Bill Lawson

Five. Moral Discourse and Slavery

Six. Forgiveness and Slavery
Howard McGary

Notes
Bibliography
Index