[Black Philosophy] (audio)

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Bill Jones, Presenter. Response by Cornel West

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Society for the Study of Black Religion Collection

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In this recording, Bill Jones delivers a presentation on Black philosophy. Within his presentation he gives methodological principles to reveal Black philosophy, and discusses Black religion as the most profitable location of Black philosophy. Cornel West follows the presentation with a response.

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00:00:08 Recording begins with Bill Jones discussing Black philosophy and theology.

00:02:46 Talks about how any research on Black philosophy should be conducted on two lines.

00:06:13 Introduces his topic for discussion- Methodological principles or recommendations designed to reveal Black philosophy.

00:06:44 Discusses how the most profitable cultural and intellectual region to track down Black philosophy is in the area of Black religion as phenomenologically interpreted.

00:20:27 Talks about how Afro American religions must be approached as a multi facet phenomenon and comprise a full spectrum of theistic and non-theistic options.

00:32:19 Talks about how philosophy can best be interpreted as a rival soteriological perspective and how it advances itself against rival positions as a necessary corrective for human well-being.

00:49:18 Discusses how Black humanism must be interpreted as a specific strategy for liberation.

00:53:45 Ends presentation.

00:58:23 Cornel West responds to Bill Jones presentation by saying in the African context, philosophy is not separate from religion.

01:11:38 Talks about humanism and ancient Western philosophy questioning God’s goodness and the same questioning in the African American experience.

01:27:51 Audio ends.


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