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James Haile III


Dr. Haile’s research and teaching interests intersect recent Continental philosophy (especially Aesthetics), Philosophy and/of Literature, Philosophy of Place, Africana Philosophy, and Philosophy and/of Race. Specifically, he is interested in the intersection of 20th century American and African America Literature and Existentialism.


Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison (esp their writings on place and nature), Jean-Paul Sartre (esp his writings on jazz), James Baldwin (esp his writings on language and religion), black aesthetics (esp contemporary genre aesthetics of hip hop).


PhD Duquesne University, 2014

M.A. University of Memphis, 2008

B.A. Morehouse College, 2002


Philosophical Meditations on Richard Wright (Lexington Press)

Thinking through Baldwin, edited collection (forthcoming)

“Afro-‘American’ Writing: Motifs of Place” (published in Philosophizing the Americas: An Inter-American Discourse (Fordham University Press)

Richard Wright: The ‘Nature’ of Politics, The ‘Politics’ of Nature (published in A Political Companion to Richard Wright, University of Kentucky Press)

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