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Tommie Shelby

Tommie Shelby is a philosopher and writer. Shelby is Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the second black scholar to be tenured in the Philosophy Department at Harvard. The first was Kwame Anthony Appiah, now a professor at Princeton University.

Shelby is the author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (Harvard University Press, 2005) a philosophical treatise that attempts to dissect the history of black political thought from Martin Delany to Malcolm X and extrapolate a new theory for black political solidarity consistent with liberal values of individual liberty, social equality, and cultural tolerance. He is also the co-editor of Hip-Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason (Popular Culture and Philosophy) with Derrick Darby, Transition 99 with Henry Louis Gates Jr., K. Anthony Appiah and F. Abiola Irele and is the author of the entry on Black Nationalism in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy On-Line.

Shelby earned his Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh with a dissertation directed by David Gauthier. Before moving to Harvard he was assistant professor of philosophy at the Ohio State University. He currently serves as an editor of Transition Magazine and of the DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race.

Shelby is the son-in-law of Harvard philosopher Thomas Scanlon.

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External links

  • Faculty page at
  • We Who Are Dark on Amazon
  • profiles Professor Shelby, 19 November 2008
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