Graduation Year

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Philosophy

Major Professor

Ph.D, Charles Guignon

Keywords

ontology, gadamer, freedom, beauvoir

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide a phenomenological examination of Otherness as it relates to the experience of being black in the America. The project begins with a summary of the Otherness theories of Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. I then compare these accounts to "Black Consciousness" with a criticism of Sartre from Frantz Fanon. I use this criticism to construct new concepts that will help to better understand the experience of blackness.

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