Sylvia Wynter and the Question of Caribbean Philosophy


A course on Sylvia Wynter, alongside an archipelago of Caribbean oeuvres by Firmin, Césaire, Fanon, Glissant, etc. How to map Caribbean philosophy, when it has long been critical of modern philosophy as a discourse of critical exceptionalism; a mode of bourgeois rationalist production dividing labor between the intellectuals and the workers? Wynter makes use of a Latin American paradigm of autopoiesis and embodied cognition, proposing a 'ceremony able epistemologically to emancipate humankind's knowledge of the physical and purely biological levels of reality from our order-stabilizing / legitimating symbolic codes.' More readings by McKittrick, Henry, Bogues, Casimir, Chancy, Nesbitt, etc.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • AAAS 581S
  • LIT 581S
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