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The principal goal of the CPA is to support the free exchange of ideas and foster an intellectual community that is 
truly representative of the diversity of voices and perspectives that is paradigmatic of, but not limited to, the Caribbean. The Caribbean is thus understood not solely as a geopolitical region, but more generally as a trope to investigate certain dimensions of the multiple undersides of modernity. Likewise, philosophy is conceived, not as an isolated academic discipline, but as rigorous theoretical reflection about fundamental problems faced by humanity. Understood in this way, Caribbean philosophy is a transdisciplinary form of interrogation informed by scholarly knowledges as well as by practices and artistic expressions that elucidate fundamental questions that emerge in contexts of  discovery, conquest, racial, gender, and sexual domination, genocide, dependency, and exploitation as well as freedom, emancipation, and decolonization. Reflection about these areas often appears in philosophical texts, but also in a plethora of other genres such as literature, music, and historical writings. The CPA invites theoretical engagements with all such questions, thematic areas, and genres with emphasis on any given discipline or field, but with a common interest in  shifting the geography of reason, by which we mean approaching the Caribbean and the  global south in general as zones of sustainable practices and knowledges.



The Caribbean Philosophical Association announces its first
Summer School at UCONN
For more information, please click here 

Deadline to apply approaching: March 31

Caribbean Philosophical Association 2015 Annual Meeting
Shifting the Geography of Reason XII:

Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
June 18-21, 2015

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To register, click here


CPA 2015 Awards

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to Caribbean thought and philosophical literature. The awards will be conferred at the Caribbean Philosophical Association 12th Annual International Meeting, which will take place June 18 to 21, 2015, in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico. For more information on the conference, click here.

The 2015 Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award: Samuel R. Delany George Lamming. 

The 2015 Nicolás Guillén for Philosophical Literature Award: Víctor Fowler Calzada

The 2015 Nicolás Guillén Award for Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature: Creole Renegades: Rhetoric of Betrayal and Guilt in the Caribbean Diaspora by Bénédicte Boisseron. 

The 2015 Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award: Grace Lee Bogs and P. Mabogo More.

The 2015 Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought: 
- Asedios a la totalidad. Poder y política en la modernidad desde un encare de-colonial by José Guadalupe Gandarilla Salgado
- How Colonialism Preempted Modernity in Africa by Olúfémi Táíwo. 

The 2014-2015 Anna Julia Cooper Award for Best Paper: “The Ambiguities of Privilege and Identity in the Work of Simone de Beauvoir” by Jina Fast.

The 2014-2015 Claudia Jones Award for Best Paper: Can the Subaltern Teach? Towards a New Geo-epistemic for the European Age of Crisis” by Kojo Koram. 

For more information on the Nicolás Guillén Awards, click here
For more information on the Frantz Fanon Prize, click here
For more information on the Anna Julia Cooper Award, click here.
For more information on the Claudia Jones Award, click here. 

Letter from the President, Jane Gordon

Happy New Year!

As we enter the eleventh year of the CPA’s existence, there is much to celebrate.

In a period that Doug Ficek described perfectly in Puerto Rico as one of profound practical and theoretical misanthropy or one of an excessively skeptical attitude toward transformative ideas and projects, CPA through the creative and loving labor of a small and now growing community burst onto the scene, forging a refuge, a counter, an alternative... Read more

Existentialism from a Global Perspective

The Caribbean Philosophical Association will be meeting with the Simone de Beauvoir Society and the North American Jean-Paul Sartre Society this year with the theme of shifting the geography of reason through exploring diverse lineages of existentialism. Click here to view the CFP.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of existentialists from the Global South and existentialist of color that offers a very different portrait of existential philosophy, thought, and artistic work beyond what is often taught in supposedly mainstream courses on existentialism and thus should emerge in discussions at this meeting and future research and courses in this field:

Mohammed Arkoun (19282010)
Assia Djebar

Mohammed Chaouki Zine

Charles Wm. Ephraim (1941–2011)
Paget Henry
Jamaica Kincaid

Carlos Astrada (1894–1970)
Jorgé Luis Borges (1889–1986)
Carlos Cossio (1903–1987)
Alejandro Korn (1860–1936)
Francisco Romero (1891–1962)

Sara Ahmed (also UK)
Danielle Davis

Kamau Braithwaite (and USA)
levis Headly (and USA)
George Lamming 

Raimundo de Farias Brito (1862–1917)
Nilton Campos (1898–1963)
Creusa Capalbo
Paulo Freire (1921–1997)
Abdias do Nascimento (March 14, 1914 – May 23, 2011)
Ernildo Stein 

Elias Bongmba (also USA)
Nathalie Etoke (also USA)
Achille Mbembe (also South Africa)

Enrique Molina Garmendia (1871-1964)
Jorge Millas (1917-1982)
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) 

He Lin (1902-1995)
Liang Shuming (1893-1988)
Lu Xun / Zhou Shuren (1881-1936)
Mencius (c.372-289 BCE)
Pan Pingge (1610-1677)
Wang Ji (1498-1583)
Wang Xuefu
Wang Yangming (1472-1529) 
Xiong Shili (1885-1968) 

Gonzalo Arango Arias (1931–1976)
Fernando González Ochoa (1895 –1964)
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (also UK)

Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980)
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista (1902-1989) 

Dominican Republic
Junot Díaz (also USA)

Abdel-Rahman Badawi (1917–2002)
Taha Husayn (

Tsenay Serequeberhan (also USA)

Jean-Paul Rocchi (also Guadeloupe) 

French Guiana 
Léon-Gontran Damas (1912–1978)

Ayikwei Armah

Simone Schwarz-Bart 

Wilson Harris (also UK)

Edwidge Danticat (also USA)
Jean-Price Mars (1876-1969) 
Jacques Roumain (1907-1944) 

Sri Aurobindo (1872 –1950)
Rabindranth Tagore (1861 –1941)

Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayati (1926 –1999)

Ali Shariati (1933–1977)

Lewis Gordon (also USA)
Claude McKay (1889-1948) 
LaRose Parris (known primarily in the USA) 

Masao Abe (1915-2006)
Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990)

Abdul JanMohamed (also USA)
Wandia Njoya
Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Layla Baalbakki
Suhayl Idris (?–2008)
Charles Malik

Aimé Césaire
Suzanne Césaire
Raphael Confiant
Frantz Fanon [also Algeria] (1925–1961)

Antonio Caso (1883–1946)
José Gaos (1900–1969)
Octavio Paz (1914–1998)
Jorge Portilla (1919–1963)
Samuel Ramos (1897–1959)
Emilio Uranga (1921–1988) 
Luis Villoro (1922– )
Leopoldo Zea (1912–2004)

New Zealand
Garrick Cooper

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)
F. Abiola Irele (also USA)
Fela Kuti (1938–1997)

Ghassan Kanafani [also Lebanon] (1936–1972)

Augusto Salazar Bondy (1925–1974)
José Carlos Mariátegui (1894–1930) 
(See also Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices) 

Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) 

Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices (known primarily in Peru)
Ortega Y Gasset  (1883
Don Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936)             

South Africa
Steven Bantu Biko (1946–1977)
Rozena Maart (also Canada)
Chabani Manganyi
P. Mabogo More

United States***
Linda Martín Alcoff (also Panama)        
Molefi Asante 
James Baldwin (1924–1987)
Robert Birt
Frederick Douglass (c. 1818–1895)
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963)
Ralph Ellison (1914–1994)
Kathryn Gines
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965)
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Floyd Hayes, III
Stephen Haymes
Charles Johnson
Maulana Karenga
William R. Jones (1933–2012)
Nella Larson (1891–1964)
Monifa Love
Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Jacquelyn Martinez
Toni Morrison
Lucius T. Outlaw
J. Deotis Roberts
Howard Thurman (1899–1981)
Dwayne Tunstall
Cornel West
Richard Wright [also France]  (1908–1960)
George Yancy
Naomi Zack           

Carlos Vaz Ferreira
José Enriqué Rodó

Hien Thu Luong
Ly Chanh Trung
Nguyen Van Trung
Thich Nhat Hanh
Tran Thái Dinh (1921-2005)

All of these philosophers, social theorists, and artists were in dialogue with or explored the works of European and Euro-American existentialists such as Hazel Barnes, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus, Jacques Derrida (depending on how Deconstruction is read), Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Gabriel Marcel, Maxine Greene, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  The dialogue that will emerge from the above broader portrait should stimulate a more rich conception of existential thought for future generations.

Please also check out the list of laureates for the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Fanon and Guillén Awards by clicking here.

Some useful recent publications reflecting a broader portrait of existential thought:

George Cotkin, Existential America.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Yoav Di-Capua, “Arab Existentialism: An Invisible Chapter in the Intellectual History of Decolonization,” The American Historical Review 117, no. 4 (2012): 1061–1091.

Lewis R. Gordon, An Introduction to Africana Philosophy.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Hien Thu Luong.  “Vietnamese Existential Philosophy: A Critical Appraisal.”  Temple University Dissertation, 2009. 

Lu Qi’s lectures on Yangming at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (July 2011): http://ecoumene.blogspot.com/2011/07/wang-yangmings-philosophy-and-its-fate.html

Roberto Domingo Toledo, “Existentialism and Latin America,” in Jack Reynolds, Ashley Woodward, and Felicity Joseph (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Existentialism (London: Continuum, 2011), pp. 215–237.

* While Albert Camus and Jacques Derrida were born in Algeria, they are read primarily as French and more at the mainstream of the Western academy, which is why they’re reserved for the concluding paragraph.

** While geographically in Europe, Spain is geopolitically more part of the Global South, which is why it is included here.

*** Although the USA is geopolitically First World, the designation and ideas of the theorists and artists listed here are squarely located in the Global South. 

The Caribbean Philosophical Association 2014 ANNUAL MEETING, Shifting the Geography of Reason XI:  Diverse Lineages of Existentialism—Africana, Feminist, and Decolonial, was held at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, Missouri, June 19–21, 2014.

This was our first joint meeting with the following societies: 
Collegium of Black Women Philosophers
Merleau-Ponty Circle
North American Sartre Society
Roundtable of Latina Feminism
Simone de Beauvoir Society 

The meeting was phenomenal! We will soon post pictures and highlights from the meeting. 
We hope that we can continue these joint efforst in the future.  

Click here to view the program


To become a new member or renew your membership in the new members page of the Caribbean Philosophical Association hosted by the Philosophy Documentation Center, please click here.