Beyond Man

Race, Coloniality, and Philosophy of Religion

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An Yountae, Eleanor Craig
Black Outdoors: Innovations in the Poetics of Study
  • Durham, NC: 
    Duke University Press
    , June
     312 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Beyond Man reimagines the meaning and potential of a philosophy of religion that better attends to the inextricable links among religion, racism, and colonialism. An Yountae, Eleanor Craig, and the contributors reckon with the colonial and racial implications of the field's history by staging a conversation with Black, Indigenous, and decolonial studies. In their introduction, An and Craig point out that European-descended Christianity has historically defined itself by its relation to the other while paradoxically claiming to represent and speak to humanity in its totality. The topics include secularism, the Eucharist's relation to Blackness, and sixteenth-century Brazilian cannibalism rituals as well as an analysis of how Mircea Eliade's conception of the sacred underwrites settler colonial projects and imaginaries. Throughout, the contributors also highlight the theorizing of Afro-Caribbean thinkers such as Sylvia Wynter, C. L. R. James, Frantz Fanon, and Aimé Césaire whose work disrupts the normative Western categories of religion and philosophy.

Contributors: An Yountae, Ellen Armour, J. Kameron Carter, Eleanor Craig, Amy Hollywood, Vincent Lloyd, Filipe Maia, Mayra Rivera, Devin Singh, Joseph R. Winters

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

An Yountae is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Eleanor Craig is Program Director and Lecturer, Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights, Harvard University.


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