Atlantic Slave Trade: Empire, Enlightenment, and the Cult of the Unthinking Negro

Author: Simon-Aaron, Charles
Year:2008
Pages:692
ISBN:0-7734-5197-8
978-0-7734-5197-1
Price:399.95
This work explores the interrelationship between the institutionalized political philosophical construction and reproduction of European anti-African hatred within the Western Academy and the birth and reproduction of European imperialism. Both projects grounded a part of their ideological foundation in the cultivation and reproduction of the myth of the ‘unthinking Negro.'

Reviews

"Dr. Simon-Aaron adds to the tradition of African demand for human recognition and he approaches the topic of African ontology in an altogether different fashion--one, it would seem responding to Toni Morrison’s admonition to examine what racism means for the racist rather than its victims. . . .For those who wish to understand the relationship between race and materialism this is a hard nosed account that does not sacrifice one to the other; not merely for the sake of tepid dialecticalism which pursues the middle course because it is there, but because, as Dr. Simon-Aaron shows, the polarities of race and class are mutually inclusive in a way that one cannot be understood without the other.” - Dr. Tamari Kitossa, Brock University

"Proceeding from a generally historical-materialist standpoint, Simon-Aaron has produced a meticuolously researched piece of scholarship, unearthing the specific role played by European anti-African racism in the genesis and development of modern European social and political thought. The erudition and prodigious research displayed in the manuscript is impressive, as is Simon-Aaron's disclosure of the theoretical and practical connections that exist between the apparently abstract and universalistic principles expounded by some of the giants of Western political philosophy and the vulgar, racist prejudices and attitudes that so clearly influenced them. This is a contribution of great importance, and I believe it deserves exposure to as wide an audience as possible."Prof. Murray E.G. Smith, Brock University

Table of Contents

Foreword by Tamari Kitossa, Ph.D.
Author’s Note
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 A Forensic Investigation of the Enlightenment (Philosophical) Project of Anti-African Hatred
2 Class Conflict and the State: The Politics of Marxism Towards a Marxist Politics
3 Anti-Structuralism as Anti-Economism: Towards the Social Relations of Historical Change
4 The Case for a Social Historical Analysis of Political Thought: Alfred Cobban (1901-1968)
5 The Case for a Social Historical Analysis of Political Thought: Richard Ashcraft
6 The Case for a Social Historical Analysis of Political Thought: Neal Wood and Political Theory
7 The English Colonization of Ireland in the Fifteenth Century: The Birth of English Racism in Ireland and the English Origin of Early American Racism
8 The Social Historical Origins of the Words Negroes, Black, Nigger; and White, Whiteness, and White Supremacy
9 The Superstructure of Anti-African Hatred as Consequence of European Imperialism: Biological Determinism/Scientific Racism
10 Scientific Racism as the Science of White Supremacy
11 White Supremacy as Omnipotence: Towards a Psycho-Political Deconstruction of White Supremacy with Reference to Political Philosophy
12 The Social and Historical Genesis of the Commodification of the Anti-African Hatred and Its Consequences for Institutionalized Political Philosophy in the Western Academy
13 Romanticism and Anti-African Hatred
14 The Gottengen Legacy and the Troublesome African Presence in Eighteenth-Century European Civil Society and Academy: The Academic Invention of Anti-African Hatred
15 Imperialism of the Mind: Western Political Philosophy and Its Project of Anti-African Hatred Case Studies: England: John Locke: Philosopher of English Imperialist Colonialism (1632-1704)
16 Imperialism of the Mind: Western Political Philosophy and Its Project of Anti-African Hatred Case Studies: England: David Hume (1711-1776)
17 Imperialism of the Mind: Western Political Philosophy and Its Project of Anti-African Hatred Case Studies: France: Charles Louis DeSecondat, Baron De La Brede Et De Montesquieu (1689-1755)
18 Imperialism of the Mind: Western Political Philosophy and Its Project of Anti-African Hatred Case Studies: France: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
19 Imperialism of the Mind: Western Political Philosophy and Its Project of Anti-African Hatred Case Studies: Germany: Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
20 Imperialism of the Mind: Western Political Philosophy and Its Project of Anti-African Hatred Case Studies: Germany: G.E.F. Hegel (1770-1831)
21 Capitalism and Slavery in the Eighteenth Century: Sketches of Evidence
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index