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Professor Jonathan Lee Publishes Expanded Version of Landmark Work

A revised and expanded edition of the landmark anthology of Africana thought, "I Am Because We Are," co-edited by Colorado College Professor Philosophy Jonathan Scott Lee, has just been published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

First published in 1995, "I Am Because We Are," has been recognized as a major, canon-defining anthology and adopted as a text in a wide variety of college and university courses. Bringing together writings by prominent black thinkers from Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, Lee and co-editor Fred Lee Hord of Knox College made the case for a tradition of "relational humanism" distinct from the philosophical preoccupations of the West.

Over the past 20 years, however, new scholarly research has uncovered other contributions to the discipline now generally known as "Africana philosophy" that were not included in the original volume.

This edition builds on the strengths of the earlier anthology while enriching the selection of readings to bring the text into the 21st century. In a new introduction, the editors reflect on the key arguments of the book's central thesis, refining them in light of more recent philosophical discourse. This edition includes important new readings by Kwame Gyekye, Oyèrónké Oy˘ewùmí, Paget Henry, Sylvia Wynter, Toni Morrison, Charles Mills, and Tommy Curry, as well as extensive suggestions for further reading.

Lee, who has been on the faculty at Colorado College since 1992 teaches the History of Modern European Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, and Africana Philosophy, as well as courses in Greek philosophy and poetry, contemporary French philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

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