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The Movement for Black Lives

Philosophical Perspectives

Edited by Brandon Hogan, Edited by Michael Cholbi, Edited by Alex Madva, and Edited by Benjamin S. Yost

February 2022

ISBN: 9780197507780

320 pages

In Stock

Price: £22.99



The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives brings philosophical analysis to bear on the aims, strategies, policy positions, and intellectual-historical context of the Movement, which has not received the sustained philosophical attention warranted by its political significance. Leading scholars address "Black Lives Matter" as a speech act, the Movement for Black Lives's (M4BL) conception of the value of Black lives, the gender dynamics of M4BL, M4BL's relation to other social justice movements, M4BL's novel forms of leadership and organization, and the impact of racism on the criminal justice system.

  • Uses a diverse range of philosophical methods and approaches to understand one of the most important social justice movements of the last half century
  • Complements philosophical work on race and social inequality by analysing efforts to combat racial injustice
  • Serves as a crucial resource for philosophers who want to incorporate race and social justice issues into their research and pedagogy

About the Author(s)

Edited by Brandon Hogan, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Howard University, Edited by Michael Cholbi, Chair in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Edited by Alex Madva, Associate Professor of Philosophy and and Director of the California Center for Ethics and Policy, Cal Poly Pomona, and Edited by Benjamin S. Yost, Professor of Philosophy, Adjunct, Cornell University

Brandon Hogan is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Howard University. His work has appeared in Contemporary Pragmatism, The Journal of Pan African Studies, and the Berkeley Journal of African American Law and Policy. He earned a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the supervision of Robert Brandom and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Michael Cholbi is Chair in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions (Broadview, 2011), Understanding Kant's Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Grief: A Philosophical Guide (Princeton University Press, expected 2021). He is the editor of several scholarly collections, including Immortality and the Philosophy of Death (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015); Procreation, Parenthood, and Educational Rights (Routledge, 2017); and The Future of Work, Technology, and Basic Income (Routledge, 2019). He is the the co-editor of the textbook Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, forthcoming 2020). In recent years, he has been an academic visitor at Australian National University, the University of Turku (Finland), and the Hastings Center. He is the founder of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying.

Alex Madva is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the California Center for Ethics and Policy at Cal Poly Pomona. He co-edited An Introduction to Implicit Bias: Knowledge, Justice, and the Social Mind (Routledge 2020), and his work has appeared in journals including Noûs, Ethics, The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Ergo, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Cognitive Science, and the International Journal of STEM Education. He has run numerous workshops and training sessions on bias, stereotype threat, and impostor syndrome for schools, courts, and wider audiences.

Benjamin S. Yost is Professor of Philosophy, Adjunct at Cornell University. He was previously Professor of Philosophy at Providence College. His book, Against Capital Punishment, was published with Oxford University Press in 2019. Other published work appears in journals such as Utilitas, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Kantian Review, and Continental Philosophy Review.

Table of Contents

    Part I - The Value of Black Lives
    1. What "Black Lives Matter" Should Mean, Brandon Hogan
    2. "And He Ate Jim Crow": Racist Ideology as False Consciousness, Vanessa Wills
    3. He Never Mattered: Poor Black Males and the Dark Logic of Intersectional Invisibility, Tommy J. Curry
    Part II - Theorizing Racial Justice
    4. Reconsidering Reparations: The Movement for Black Lives and Self-Determination, Olúfemi O. Táíwò
    5. The Movement for Black Lives and Transitional Justice, Colleen Murphy
    Part III - The Language of M4BL
    6. Positive Propaganda and the Pragmatics of Protest, Michael Randall Barnes
    7. Value-Based Protest Slogans: An Argument for Reorientation, Myisha Cherry
    8. The Movement for Black Lives and the Language of Liberation, Ian Olasov
    Part IV -M4BL, Anti-Black Racism, and Punishment
    9. Can Capital Punishment Survive if Black Lives Matter?, Michael Cholbi and Alex Madva
    10. Sentencing Leniency for Black Offenders, Benjamin S. Yost
    Part V - Strategy and Solidarity
    11. The Violence of Leadership in Black Lives Matter, Dana Francisco Miranda
    12. Speaking For, Speaking With, and Shutting Up: Models of Solidarity and the Pragmatics of Truth Telling, Mark Norris Lance
    13. Sky's the Limit: A Case-Study in Envisioning Real Anti-Racist Utopias, Keyvan Shafiei