Item Details

Ontological Terror: Blackness, Nihilism, and Emancipation

Calvin L. Warren
Format
Book; Online; EBook
Published
Durham : Duke University Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
0822370875, 9780822370871, 0822370727, 9780822370727
Summary
The author intervenes in Afro-pessimism, Heideggerian metaphysics, and black humanist philosophy by positing that the "Negro question" is intimately imbricated with questions of Being. The author uses the figure of the antebellum free black as a philosophical paradigm for thinking through the tensions between blackness and Being. He illustrates how blacks embody a metaphysical nothing. This nothingness serves as a destabilizing presence and force as well as that which whiteness defines itself against. Thus, the function of blackness as giving form to nothing presents a terrifying problem for whites: they need blacks to affirm their existence, even as they despise the nothingness they represent. by pointing out how all humanism is based on investing blackness with non-Being - a logic which reproduces anti-black violence and precludes any realization of equality, justice, and recognition for blacks - the author urges the removal of the human from its metaphysical pedestal and the exploration of way of existing that are not predicated on grounding in Being.
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • The free Black is nothing
  • The question of Black being
  • Outlawing
  • Scientific horror
  • Catachrestic fantasies
  • Adieu to the human
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index.
Description
xi, 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages [201]-210) and index.
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