Political Philosophy Colloquium
Abstract: Focusing exclusively on the United States, the presentation will recover and layout the fundamental features of Black republicanism in the nineteenth century. African American intellectuals and activists, seeking to discover how to undo and ward off racial domination, drew on two different strands of the philosophical tradition of republicanism. In the process, they produced a third strand in which republicanism is linked to racial equality. A look at this body of work offers us the chance to recover resources for contemporary projects of justice while also requiring us to revise traditional accounts of when and where republicanism as a political theory has waxed and waned.
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