Article first published online: 6 JAN 2010
© 2010 The Author. Journal Compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 5, Issue 1, pages 1–15, January 2010
How to Cite
Taylor, P. (2010), Black Aesthetics. Philosophy Compass, 5: 1–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2009.00263.x
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2010
This article introduces the preoccupations and themes that define the study and practice of black aesthetics. It presents a provisional sketch of a field that has long been recognized in other humanities disciplines, but that is only now gaining wide notice in academic philosophy. This sketch emphasizes the aspects of the field that invite specifically philosophic scrutiny, while touching lightly on specific artworks, critical literatures and historical developments. Among the topics that receive attention are the following: race, aesthetic politics, creolization, nationalism, modernity, white supremacy and the blues.