Race & Philosophy

An overview of contemporary philosophical conversations about race via the New York Times interviews of George Yancy (pictured: Philosopher Cornel West arrested on Aug. 10, 2015 while protesting in St. Louis, MO. Image from CBS News: https://goo.gl/xEmDo4)

Built upon nineteen interviews conducted by philosopher George Yancy in the New York Times, this course introduces students to contemporary conversations about race and philosophy. Labeled a dangerous professor by white supremacists for his provocative and direct speech, Yancy has continually pushed the scope of philosophical dialogue beyond the academy and into the streets and lives of  individuals. These interviews in particular utilize the public forum of the newspaper as the site of interrogation, thereby urging the reading public to increase their awareness of the philosophical problems that have revealed themselves in the wake of Michael Brown’s murder and the subsequent political unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the rest of the United States.

This class challenges students to transform themselves from casual readers of short, freely available texts into engaged critics. Each of the interviews is approximately nine pages long and none of them contains any thorough elaboration of dense philosophical ideas. Indeed, the challenge posed by the texts is their brevity. As such, students will learn to treat the interviews as launching pads into more nuanced forms of inquiry. Weekly video lectures outline strategies for reading and engaging with the texts and (optional) assignments help students create rigorous note and creative notes. The class is ideal for people who have always wanted to understand the deep issues surrounding racial identity formation, white supremacy, the performance of blackness, and the rhetoric of inflammatory speech but who have been put off by the language of academic philosophy.

Will Daddario, PhD, has taught undergraduate and graduate students in multiple institutes of higher education. He is the co-founder of an international organization called Performance Philosophy dedicated to expanding the scope of philosophical and artistic research. He has published widely in the fields of theatre and performance studies and performance philosophy. This class is part of the wider suite of offerings developed by Will and his wife, Joanne Zerdy, as part of their business called Inviting Abundance located in Asheville, North Carolina. Seeking to develop public awareness of the connections between education and grief work, Inviting Abundance offers classes on herbal medicine, creative grief work, Reiki and other intuitive healing methods, as well as other more traditional academic topics for those seeking to continue their education outside the traditional learning environment.

Course Curriculum

What's included?

8 Videos
8 Texts
30 PDFs
Will Daddario
Will Daddario
Ph.D.

About the instructor

Will Daddario, Ph.D., has taught undergraduate and graduate students in multiple institutes of higher education. He is the co-founder of an international organization called Performance Philosophy dedicated to expanding the scope of philosophical and artistic research. He has published widely in the fields of theatre and performance studies and performance philosophy. This class is part of the wider suite of offerings developed by Will and his wife, Joanne Zerdy, as part of their business called Inviting Abundance located in Asheville, North Carolina. Seeking to develop public awareness of the connections between education and grief work, Inviting Abundance offers classes on herbal medicine, creative grief work, Reiki and other intuitive healing methods, as well as other more traditional academic topics for those seeking to continue their education outside the traditional learning environment.

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Inform yourself about the philosophical beliefs supporting and challenging white supremacist ideology in the present moment. Find your own point of entry into the complex discourse on racial identity formation by engaging with accessible and exciting texts.

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