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Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory$
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Brian Meeks

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461213.001.0001

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Reasoning with Caliban

Reasoning with Caliban

A Critical Reading of Paget Henry’s Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (2002)

2. Reasoning with Caliban
Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory

Brian Meeks

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Paget Henry's book, Caliban's Reason, where he argues for the existence of an Afro-Caribbean philosophy that operates in the crevices of the more dominant forms of Caribbean knowledge. Henry begins by discussing the traditional African philosophy, along with Pan-Africanism, Afro-American philosophy, and contemporary Caribbean Marxism. He seeks to make the connection between traditional African philosophy and that of African descendants in the diaspora. The latter part of the book is comprised of critical analyses concerning mostly Caribbean individuals and intellectual trends, in which Henry tries to identify the continuities that support the existence of an Afro-Caribbean philosophy, and then simultaneously indicates his preferred direction for its development in the near future.

Keywords:   Caliban's Reason, Paget Henry, Afro-Caribbean philosophy, African philosophy, Pan-Africanism, Afro-American philosophy, Caribbean Marxism, African diaspora

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