Corey L. Barnes
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Project: Race’s Shadowy Subjects: Conceptions of Race in Early Black Political Thought
"Race’s Shadowy Subjects aims to situate Blacks within this intellectual history of the development of race conceptually, looking specifically at their philosophical contributions to it. It seeks to show how early Blacks intellectuals—namely, Maria Stewart, Martin Delany, Alexander Crummell, Anténor Firmin, Anna Julia Cooper, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke—responded to accounts of race authored by whites, along with other Blacks who were thinking about what race is and what we ought to do with it, given the racist theories of race authored by whites and the onslaught of stereotypes about them. And so it seeks to answer three questions. First, what were early Black intellectuals’ ontological and normative accounts of race? Second, how did these early Black intellectuals respond to white intellectuals’ ontological accounts of race? Third, how did these early Black intellectuals respond to other Blacks who were theorizing about race? It is the hope that this book leads to greater discussions about how other early non-white thinkers such as early Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian thinkers engaged these questions about race."