Leonard Harris

Leonard Harris

Professor // Philosophy

Professor // SIS // Philosophy and Literature

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // African-American Studies

Affiliated Faculty // SIS // American Studies

PhD, Cornell University


Office Information

Office: BRNG 7121
Office Phone: (765) 496-3860
Office Fax: (765) 496-1616
E-mail: lharris@purdue.edu


American Philosophy, Continental European Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy

Selected Publications


Alain L. Locke: Biography of a Philosopher.  Co-authored with C. Molesworth. University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Edited Books

American Philosophies.  Co-edited with A. S. Waters and S. Pratt.  Blackwell, 2002.Racism.  Humanity Press, 1999.
The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke.  Rowman & Littlefield, 1999.The Philosophy of Alain Locke, Harlem Renaissance and Beyond.  Temple University Press, 1989.Philosophy Born of Struggle: Afro-American Philosophy from 1917.  Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 1984.

Book Chapters

“Universal Human Liberation and Community: Pixley Kalsaka Seme and Alain L. Locke.”  In Perspectives in African Philosophy: An Anthology on ‘Problematics of an African Philosophy: Twenty Years After (1976-1996’, eds. C. Sumner and S. W. Yohannes, 150-159.  Addis Ababa University Printing Press, 2002.“Honor, Eunuchs, and the Postcolonial Subject.”  In Postcolonial African Philosophy, ed. E. C. Eze, 252-259.  Blackwell Publishing Company, 1997.


“The Great Debate: Alain L. Locke vs. W.E.B. Du Bois,” Philosophia Africana 7 (2004): 13-37.

“Tolerance, réconciliation et groupes,” Guerre et Réconciliation, Jounée de la Philosophie àl Unesco (2003): 59-94.

Selected Honors

University Distinguished Visiting Professor, William Paterson University (2002-2003).

Non-resident Fellow, Harvard University, 2001-2002
Fulbright Scholar, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (1998-1999).

Visiting Scholar, King’s College, Cambridge (Summer 1984).

Portia Washington Pittman Fellow, Tuskegee Institute (1980-1981).

Work in Progress

Book: The Great Debate: Alain L. Locke vs. W.E.B. Du Bois.

Edited book: Collected Works of Alain L. Locke.

Articles: “Cosmopolitanism,”  “The Great Debate: Alain L. Locke vs. William James”.

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