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Leonard Harris

Leonard Harris

Professor, Philosophy

PhD, Cornell University

Curriculum Vitae
Office: BRNG 7121
Office Phone: (765) 496-3860
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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”.