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The Time is Always NowBlack Political Thought and the Transformation of US Democracy$
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Nicholas Bromell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199973439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973439.001.0001

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“This Is Personal”

“This Is Personal”

The Politics of Relationship in Jim Crow America

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(p.37) 2 “This Is Personal”
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The Time is Always Now
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Nick Bromell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199973439.003.0003

This chapter discusses the views of several black thinkers, all of whom locate a radical indeterminacy at the heart of their politics of dignity. This indeterminacy resides in the fact that our dignity is inextricably bound up with our distinctive individual personhood, and this can never be fully known or shared by any other person. This unknowable personhood, and respect for it, is what safeguards their vision from hardening into a virtue theory. By locating a radical indeterminacy at the heart of the demos and its public philosophy, they keep it radically open to revision and enlargement.

Keywords:   black Americans, radical indeterminacy, politics, dignity, public philosophy

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