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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
138 Episodes
Marcus Garvey’s two wives, Amy Ashwood Garvey and Amy Jacques Garvey, establish themselves as activists in their own right and bring feminism into the Pan-African movement.
Marcus Garvey leads a powerful movement, inspires racial pride, and feuds with other thinkers like Du Bois.
Vanessa Wills speaks  to us about Marx and his Africana legacy, with a special focus on black women Marxists.
Around the time of World War One, Hubert Harrison, A. Philip Randolph, and other black socialists argue that racial oppression is caused by capitalism.
West African intellectuals like J.E. Casely-Hayford and Mojola Agbebi build upon Edward Blyden’s ideas at the dawn of the twentieth century.
We chat with Tommy Curry about African-American thought between the turn of the century and the Harlem Renaissance.
The ANA unites leading African American scholars of the early 20th century, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Laurence Dunbar, William Ferris, Archibald Grimké, and Kelly Miller.
By exploring the work and activities of W.E.B. Du Bois around the turn of the twentieth century, we introduce some of the themes of our coverage of that century.
Co-host Chike joins Peter to look back at series 2 and ahead to series 3.
W.E.B. Du Bois emerges as a historian, sociologist, and innovative philosophical thinker in the 1890s, and introduces his famous idea of "double consciousness."
Was Booker T. Washington’s “accomodationist” approach to race relations a failure to stand up to injustice or a cunning strategy for incremental change?
A late 19th-century churchman tries to explain how slavery fit into God’s plan, and decide whether the future for African-Americans lies in Africa or America.
Brittney Cooper on activists connected to the National Association of Colored Women, including Fannie Barrier Williams, Mary Church Terrell, and Ida B. Wells.
Ida B. Wells, her tireless crusade against lynching, and her analysis of the underlying purpose of racial violence.
Anna Julia Cooper’s "A Voice from the South", an unprecedented contribution to black feminist theory. 
Abolitionists Luiz Gama and Joaquim Nabuco, and the great novelist Machado de Assis, react to the injustices of slaveholding in Brazil.
John Jacob Thomas argues for self-government in the English colonies of the Caribbean but his fellow Trinidadian Frederick Alexander Durham recommends repatriation to Africa instead.
Haitian anthropologist Anténor Firmin debunks racist pseudo-science and argues that inequalities among humans are caused by social, not biological, factors.
T. Thomas Fortune uses newspaper editorials to put forth a theory of civil rights and set out a plan of political action for protecting them.
Edward Blyden gains appreciation for Islam in West Africa and gradually moves from political nationalism to cultural nationalism.
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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