Series edited by T. Storm Heter (East Stroudsburg University), LaRose T. Parris (Lehman College, the City University New York) and Devin Zane Shaw (Douglas College)
Existentialism is a living, practical philosophy, engaged in contemporary events and responsive to other currents of philosophy across the globe. It can be instrumental to an individual’s understanding of themselves as well as to examinations of political, societal, and ecological phenomena.
This series focuses on creative, generative scholarship that expands discussions of existentialism in order to foster an intellectual space for articulating the diverse lineages of existentialism -- from Beauvoir’s feminist philosophy, to the anticolonial, black existentialism of thinkers like Frantz Fanon and Angela Davis who composed their views of freedom, self, and other from the lived experience of racism and colonialism.
Existentialism has often been miscategorised as a European tradition, limited by the gravitational pull of a few thinkers. Part of the work of this series is to dismantle this incorrect impression of where Existentialism comes from and what its potential is. Existential thought offers a valuable vocabulary for expressing the lived perspectives of colonized, indigenous, and othered peoples. As such, it is increasingly relevant to the ongoing struggle for human freedom the world over.