White on White/Black on Black

by George Yancy, Cornel West

White on White/Black on Black is a unique contribution to the philosophy of race. The book explores how fourteen philosophers, seven white and seven black, philosophically understand the dynamics of the process of racialization. Combined, the contributions demonstrate different and similar conceptual trajectories of raced identities that emerge from within and across the racial divide. Each of the fourteen philosophers, who share a textual space of exploration, name blackness/whiteness, revealing significant political, cultural, and existential aspects of what it means to be black/white. Through the power of naming and theorizing whiteness and blackness, White on White/Black on Black dares to bring clarity and complexity to our understanding of race identity.

  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; March 2005
  • ISBN: 9780742568730
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  • Title: White on White/Black on Black
  • Author: George Yancy (ed.); Cornel West (other)
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

In The Press

George Yancy has assembled a most important collection of essays that challenge the white supremacist cultural and intellectual domination of philosophy, a discipline that has traditionally denied black humanity. Philosophers and non-philosophers alike will benefit from these thought-provoking essays. White on White/Black on Black demands and demonstrates the transformation of philosophy....


About The Author

George Yancy is McAnulty Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University.