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Frederick Douglass Institute

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Frederick Douglass Institute

Address: 408 Francis Harvey Green Library
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2766
Email: fdouglass@wcupa.edu

Inspired Publications

FDI Director, Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Publishes Essay on Douglass

Timothy J. Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at WCU and Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, has published an essay in the Journal of Religious Ethics entitled “Epistemology to Ethics: Theoretical and Practical Reason in Kant and Douglass.” In this essay, Dr. Golden develops Douglass’s philosophical understanding of religion by arguing that both Douglass and Kant have similar critiques of Christianity.

FDI Director, Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Publishes Book Chapter on Trayvon Martin

Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at WCU and Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, has published a book chapter entitled “Two Forms of Transcendence: Justice and the Problem of Knowledge” in the book entitled Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics co-edited by George Yancy and Janine Jones (Lexington Books, 2012). In this chapter, Dr. Golden argues that prior to his violent physical death, Trayvon Martin was violently confiscated within a racist social and political imaginary that classified him as “criminal” before George Zimmerman even saw him.

FDI Director, Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Publishes Essay on Douglass and David Walker

Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at WCU and Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, has published an essay in The Black Scholar entitled “From Logos to Sarx: Black Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion.” In this essay, Dr. Golden lays the foundation for his forthcoming monograph with Lexington Books, Frederick Douglass and the Philosophy of Religion (see below), by arguing that Douglass and David Walker give abstract reason a face and context in a political struggle for justice in a a way that the disembodied reflection of the philosophy of religion does not.

FDI Director, Dr. Timothy J. Golden, to Give Annual Ethics Lecture at Villanova

Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at WCU and Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, will be giving the 2014 Annual Ethics Lecture at Villanova University . His lecture, entitled “Let us make god: Onto-Theology and the Political,” will focus on his forthcoming book entitled Subjectivity, Transcendence, and the Problem of Onto-Theology. In this book, Dr. Golden argues that the philosophical conception of God leads to oppression and injustice. As a god that is purely a rational construct, the god of philosophy is remade in the image of man, as opposed to the Judeo-Christian understanding of God, where man is made in the image of God. The image of the Judeo-Christian God thus distorted, the god of philosophy becomes a god of the white racist imaginary, driven by rationality and a desire for system, totality, and completeness that leads to oppressive theological regimes that garner and maintain legal and political support, as did American Chattel Slavery. It is in this context that there is a philosophical and theological resonance between Douglass’s abolition agenda and the epistemological critiques of rational theology found in the philosophical and theological work of Immanuel Kant, Soren Kierkegaard, and Emmanuel Levinas. The lecture will coincide nicely with Dr. Golden’s course Ideas of the Bible (PHL 349), which he is teaching this fall at WCU in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Significantly, the lecture will occur on October 1, 2014, one year to the date of the dedication of the life-size statue of Frederick Douglass and DeBaptiste Plaza ( image 1, image 2, image 3), which commemorates, along with the historical marker WCU as the place where Douglass gave his last public lecture on February 1, 1895, titled “Against Lynch Law,” just nineteen days before he died.

FDI Director, Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Forthcoming Book on Douglass

Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at WCU and Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, has a forthcoming book on Frederick Douglass entitled, Frederick Douglass and the Philosophy of Religion. In the book, Dr. Golden argues that reading Frederick Douglass with Emmauel Levinas, Immanuel Kant, and Soren Kierkegaard brings a more meaningful level of moral and political engagement than one finds in the traditional philosophical sub-field known as the ”philosophy of religion.“

FDI Director, Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Forthcoming Book on Douglass

Dr. Timothy J. Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at WCU and Director of the Frederick Douglass Intstitute, and Dr. Cynthia Nielsen are co-editing a book entitled, Solidarity, Striving, and Struggle: The Moral, Political, and Religious Thought of Frederick Douglass. The book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that aims to develop Douglass scholarship through exploring Douglass’s views across the academic disciplines of philosophy, law, theology, and literature.

Dr. Bill E. Lawson and Dr. Frank M. Kirkland’s Book on Douglass

Dr. Bill E. Lawson and Dr. Frank M. Kirkland are major contributors to the development of Douglass as a philosopher. Their edited collection is entitled Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader.

Dr. Cynthia Nielsen’s book on Foucault, Douglass, Fanon and Scotus

Dr. Cynthia Nielsen, has recently published a book entitled Foucault, Douglass, Fanon, and Scotus in Dialogue: On Social Construction and Freedom.

FDI Director, Dr. Timothy J. Golden, to Present Critical Race Theory Paper at UCLA Law School.

Timothy J. Golden, Associate Professor of Philosophy here at WCU and Director of the Frederick Douglass Institute, will present his paper “Cruel Irony: Legally Securing the Christian Dimension of Whiteness as a Property Right” at the UCLA Critical Race Studies Symposium.