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Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254064

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254064.001.0001

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X-The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought

Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Fordham University Press

This closing passage of thought proposes that a new theoretical discourse, one yet to come, must be generated to address in a manner that might become commensurate with the difficulty named in the question of the Negro as a problem for thought. As a critical step in that project, the African American and the African Diaspora must be understood as something other than a given thing, as a theoretical object, a kind of real theoretical fiction - otherwise than a telos or destiny - that might challenge us to think more fundamentally and radically about the future. This is nothing less than thinking the possibility that a new “civilization” will arise within the historicity across a millennium - from 1442 to 2442 - of that formation that has configured the Negro or African, American, as a problem for thought. W. E. B. Du Bois, Harold Cruse, Cedric Robinson, Hortense Spillers, Cecil Taylor, and Jacques Derrida are all engaged as fundamental references here. The work of Fred Moten, Ronald A. T. Judy, Tiffany Ruby Patterson, Robin D. G. Kelley, Lewis Gordon, Denise Ferreira da Silva, and Louise Young are principal annotations for futural elaborations.

Keywords:   the Negro as a problem for thought, theoretical object, theoretical fiction, historicity, civilization, millennium, African American, African Diaspora, W. E. B. Du Bois, Cecil Taylor, Cedric Robinson, Hortense Spillers

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