Martin Heidegger[ edit ] Martin Heidegger rejected the philosophical basis of the concepts of "subjectivity" and "objectivity" and asserted that similar grounding oppositions in logic ultimately refer to one another. Instead of resisting the admission of this paradox in the search for understanding, Heidegger requires that we embrace it through an active process of elucidation he called the " hermeneutic circle ". He stressed the historicity and cultural construction of concepts while simultaneously advocating the necessity of an atemporal and immanent apprehension of them. In this vein, he asserted that it was the task of contemporary philosophy to recover the original question of or "openness to" Dasein translated as Being or Being-there present in the Presocratic philosophers but normalized, neutered, and standardized since Plato.
Richard Wright, who would have been years old this year, was, arguably, the most influential African-American writer of the twentieth century. He stood astride the midsection of that century as a battering ram, paving the way for the black writers who followed him: Today, 48 years after his death, his legacy remains strong; his daughter, Julia Wright, is helping to keep it alive.
She succeeded in getting HarperCollins to publish the unfinished novel her father was working on in the weeks before his death. Wright was born on September 4,on a Mississippi plantation 22 miles east of Natchez.
All of his four grandparents were slaves. He would find it ironic that today there is a plaque in Natchez marking his birth, for his upbringing in the South was a bitter, fearful experience, not something he looked back on with any fondness.
His father deserted his family when Richard was five years old. There was rarely enough food in the house. At six he became a drunkard, egged on by men who frequented a saloon.
He was beaten severely for various infractions. He never graduated from high school. And from a very early age he was abused mentally and physically by racist employers. After I had outlived the shocks of childhood, after the habit of reflection had been born in me, I used to mull over the strange absence of real kindness in Negroes, how unstable was our tenderness, how lacking in genuine passion we were, how void of great hope, how timid our joy, how bare our traditions, how hollow our memories, how lacking we were in those intangible sentiments that bind man to man, and how shallow was even our despair.
After I had learned other ways of life I used to brood upon the unconscious irony of those who felt that Negroes led so passional an existence!
I saw that what had been taken for our emotional strength was our negative confusions, our flights, our fears, our frenzy under pressure. These three books laid bare, unflinchingly, the desperation felt by African Americans living under Jim Crow laws and practices. No one, before Richard Wright, had exposed with such emotional power the oppression faced by Negroes in America.
He wrote in Black Boy: At the age of twelve, before I had had one year of formal schooling, I had a conception of life that no experience would ever erase, a predilection for what was real that no argument could ever gainsay, a sense of the world that was mine and mine alone, a notion as to what life meant that no education could ever alter, a conviction that the meaning of living came only when one was struggling to wring a meaning out of meaningless suffering.
Shortly after writing that, inWright and his wife packed their bags and moved to Paris to escape the humiliation they faced as an interracial couple in New York City.
Except for brief visits in andhe never returned to the United States.
Native Son was a commercial as well as a critical success. It soldcopies in the first three months after publication, was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, was translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, and Czech, and was adapted for the theater and motion pictures.
Black Boy, similarly, rang cash registers. It soldcopies through Harper and anotherthrough the Book-of-the-Month Club, making it the fourth largest selling non-fiction title of Wright was the first African-American writer to reach such a wide audience.
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