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Black Natural Law$
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Vincent W. Lloyd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362189.001.0001

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Beyond Secularism and Multiculturalism

(p.148) Afterword
Black Natural Law

Vincent W. Lloyd

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on what it means to study black natural law as a tradition. It argues that natural law has been co-opted by secularism and multiculturalism—that is, the ideological management or exclusion of religion and race. Focusing on politics as rooted in tradition offers a way to escape the grasp of secularism and multiculturalism, and it offers an alternative to the pragmatism prevalent in black political theory and practice. This chapter shows how elements of the black natural law tradition are widely present in African American culture, from black theology to black literature to black political activism.

Keywords:   secularism, multiculturalism, tradition, Alasdair MacIntyre, natural law, black politics, African American studies, cultural studies, political theology, pragmatism

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