For the past 30 years, Paget Henry has been one of the most articulate and creative voices in Caribbean scholarship, making seminal contributions to the study of Caribbean political economy, C.L.R. James studies, critical theory, phenomenology, and Africana philosophy. This volume includes some of his most important essays from across his remarkable career, providing an introduction to a broad range of pressing contemporary themes and to the unique mind of one of the leading Caribbean intellectuals of his generation.
Paget Henry is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Brown University. His books include Caliban's Reason (2000). Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut, Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa, European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Universite Toulouse Jean Jaures, France,, and Writer-in-Residence at Birkbeck School of Law. His most recent book is What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought (2015). Jane Anna Gordon is Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut and President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. Her books include Why They Couldn't Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict Over Community Control in Ocean-Hill Brownsville, 1967-1971 (2001), Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (2010) and Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon (2014). Neil Roberts is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Political Science at Williams College and an Executive Officer of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. He is the author of Freedom as Marronage (2015) and editor of the forthcoming A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass. Aaron Kamugisha is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies. He is the editor of Caribbean Political Thought: The Colonial State to Caribbean Internationalisms (2013), Caribbean Political Thought: Theories of the Post-Colonial State (2013) and Caribbean Cultural Thought: From Plantation to Diaspora (2013).
1. Introducing Paget Henry, Jane Gordon, Lewis Gordon, Aaron Kamugisha and Neil Roberts / Part I: The Distinctive Character of Africana Philosophy / 2. The General Character of Afro-Caribbean Philosophy / 2. Africana Phenomenology: Its Philosophical Implications / 3. Between Naipaul and Aurobindo: Where is Indo-Caribbean Philosophy? / 4. Sylvia Wynter and the Transcendental Spaces in Caribbean Thought / Part II: Caribbean Political Economy and Cultural Development / 5. Grenada and the Theory of Peripheral Transformation / 6. Political Accumulation and Authoritarianism in the Caribbean: The Case of Antigua / 7. Caribbean Dependency in the Phase of Informatic Capitalism / 8. CLR James, Walter Rodney and the Rebuilding of Caribbean Socialism / Part III: A Homeward Turn: Antigua and Barbuda / 9. V.C. Bird's Political Philosophy / 10. Philosophy and Antigua/Barbudan Political Culture / 11. Badminded Nikki: A Review of Joanne Hillhouse's Oh Gad! / 12. The Socialist Legacy of Tim Hector / Epilogue: An Interview with Paget Henry (2015) / Bibliography / Index / The Editors