Leonard Harris

Department Information

Philosophy // Faculty
Philosophy and Literature // SIS // Faculty
African-American Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty
American Studies // SIS // Affiliated Faculty

Office Information

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

  • 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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