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History of Indian and Africana Philosophy

Author: Peter Adamson, Jonardon Ganeri, Chike Jeffers

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Peter Adamson, Jonardon Ganeri, and Chike Jeffers present the philosophical traditions of India, Africa, and the African Diaspora. Further reading and info at
193 Episodes
The great Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o joins us to speak about his career, his influences, and the power and politics of language.
How one of Kenya's greatest writers came to argue that African literature should be written in African languages.
We bring the story of black feminism up to the turn of the century with the incisive works of bell hooks and Patricia Hill Collins.
In poetry and prose, especially her collection "Sister Outsider," Audre Lorde explores ideas of difference, eroticism, and feminist theory.
The eventful life and penetrating philosophy of Angela Davis, an icon of resistance deeply informed by Marxism and influential on black feminist thought.
Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Alice Walker explore the themes of black feminism (or “womanism”) in their fiction. Warning: this episode contains discussion of sexual violence and suicide.
1970s black feminists like Toni Cade Bambara, the Combahee River Collective, and Awa Thiam critique white feminist and black nationalist failures to recognize the unique struggle of the black woman.
Another Caribbean thinker, Walter Rodney of Guyana, explores Africana history from a Marxist perspective. 
Famous for his killing at the hands of the Apartheid government in South Africa, Steve Biko was also a deep thinker, who introduced the notion of Black Consciousness.
The political and musical revolution of Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat, and the social critique of his cousin, the playwright Wole Soyinka.
How the Rastafari movement grew from trends within Africana philosophy, and then passed into global popular culture in the music of Bob Marley and other reggae artists.
Sun Ra and Parliament-Funkadelic return to claim the pyramids, and Octavia Butler uses science fiction to confront the brutal past of slavery.
Abdias do Nascimento, a leader in Brazilian theater and politics, and his theory of Qilombismo.
The career and ideas of Nelson Mandela up to the time of his imprisonment, in the context of the founding of the African National Congress.
Two scholars of the same name join us to shed further light on Amílcar Cabral.
Amílcar Cabral, leader of a revolution against colonialism in Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, rethinks culture and Marxist theory as bases for his struggle.
The first leader of independent Tanzania grounds his socialist ideas in traditional African values.
After Albert Cleage and James Cone propose a liberatory interpretation of Christianity, William R. Jones wonders whether God is a white racist. We also follow Black Theology among “Womanist” authors and in South Africa.
African American literature of the late 1960s reflects the Black Power movement, in the works of such authors as Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Haki Madhubuti, Larry Neal, and Sonia Sanchez.
The controversial career of the Pan-Africanist philosopher Maulana Karenga, inventor of the holiday Kwanzaa.
Comments (7)

Katie Louise Tyers

Is it possible to obtain an audio version of the vedas available? Thanks Katie

Jan 24th

Nicolas De Belder

History of philosophy

Jan 9th

Mally Waxx

what about ancient American philosophy. before colonialism there were people and cultures that we know about and evidence has been uncovered making America older than the rest of the world. and the connection to America and the ancient world must be discussed as well

Oct 19th

Manas Avijit

Good fucking stuff.

Jul 28th

steve yeeve

absolutely amazing podcast. my favorite.

Jun 22nd

Mukesh Raaz

Nice podcast

Sep 10th

Chandrashekar Ram

While this was a good presentation, you seem to have omitted many of the Rig Vedic insights into philosophy focusing more on History and Vedic society. Especially the Nasadiya Sukta of the Rig Veda that is purported to be one the earliest non-theistic accounts of creation in the world. The problem of the one and the many is also dealt with in the Rig Veda and that could have been a worthwhile discussion. Hopefully there's an episode on these topics in future episodes.

Jul 6th
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