Lewis Gordon

Lewis Gordon


Wooster’s 10th Lindner Lecture in Ethics to Feature Lewis Gordon

Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut to speak on Oct. 27

2 October, 2015 by John Finn

 WOOSTER, Ohio —Lewis Gordon, professor of philosophy and Africana studies at the University of Connecticut, will present "When Justice is Not Enough" at the 10th Lindner Lecture in Ethics on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

The following day (Oct. 28) Gordon will participate in a session, titled "Author Meets Critics" with Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and Olúfémi Táíwò, professor at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, serving as critics. The session will take place in Room 205 of Scovel Hall (944 College Mall) beginning at 11 a.m.

Gordon is a graduate of Yale University and the Lehman Scholars Program of the City University of New York. His research is in Africana philosophy, philosophy of existence, phenomenology, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of science. His work is the subject of articles, essays, dissertations, anthologies, and monographs across the globe. He is the author of several influential monographs; more than 200 articles, many of which have been translated into several languages; and interviews and essays for a variety of public forums, including Truthout.org, on which he now serves as a member of the Board of Directors. His most recent book is What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought (Fordham UP, 2015), and he is completing a series of monographs in Romanian, Spanish, and French.

Outlaw received his Ph.D. from Boston College. His teaching and scholarly interests include racial matters in socio-political life, in the United States in particular, and in legacies and practices of European and Euro-American philosophy; social and political philosophy; Africana philosophy; and American philosophy. His publication of essays On Race and Philosophy (1996), illustrate over 20 years of work focusing on matters of race, philosophy, and social and political life in the West, particularly in the United States.

Táíwò received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His scholarly interests include Africa and Modernity; late transitions to modernity in Africa, Europe, and Asia; African political thought; and law and philosophy. In his most recent publication, Africa Must be Modern: A Manifesto (2014), Táíwò explores the current problems and political climate in African countries and their progress in recent years, and compares their growth to similar countries in other regions of the world. He is one of the founders of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS). He also helped found and serves as joint editor for the electronic journal, West Africa Review.

The Lindner Lecture in Ethics is supported by The Lindner Endowment, which was established in 2007 through a generous gift from Carl H. Lindner to support the department of philosophy in the teaching of ethics.

Additional information about the lecture is available by phone (330-263-2380) or e-mail.