The principal goal of the Caribbean Philosophical Association is to support the free exchange of ideas and foster an intellectual community that is truly representative of the diversity of voices and perspectives that is paradigmatic of, but not limited to, the Caribbean. The Caribbean is thus understood not solely as a geopolitical region, but more generally as a trope to investigate certain dimensions of the multiple undersides of modernity. Likewise, philosophy is conceived, not as an isolated academic discipline, but as rigorous theoretical reflection about fundamental problems faced by humanity. Understood in this way, Caribbean philosophy is a transdisciplinary form of interrogation informed by scholarly knowledges as well as by practices and artistic expressions that elucidate fundamental questions that emerge in contexts of discovery, conquest, racial, gender, and sexual domination, genocide, dependency, and exploitation as well as freedom, emancipation, and decolonization. Reflection about these areas often appears in philosophical texts, but also in a plethora of other genres such as literature, music, and historical writings. The CPA invites theoretical engagements with all such questions, thematic areas, and genres with emphasis on any given discipline or field, but with a common interest in shifting the geography of reason, by which we mean approaching the Caribbean and the global south in general as zones of sustainable practices and knowledges.


An Ancestor has arisen: the Caribbean Philosophical Association Thanks Decolonial Feminist, María Lugones



As she goes expand the realm of our ancestors, the Caribbean Philosophical Association entertains alive the memory of María Lugones. Our very own, now and always. A thinker of the Global South, indigenous, decolonial and Latin American philosophy, Professor Lugones was the recipient of the 2020 CPA Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award. We salute her incommensurate contribution to theory and philosophy. As she showed us the way, we tell her that we remain committed to the production of emancipatory thought. Please visit this collection, to find more of her work. 

-Hanétha Vété-Congolo, CPA President

An Ancestor has arisen: the Caribbean Philosophical Association Honors the Thinker & Politician, Ernest Wamba Dia Wamba



Professor Wamba Dia Wamba’s passage on earth is no more. He is continuing his journey as an ancestor. Not without having accomplished his mission down here. A thinker, a politician, a warrior. The roots of the Baobab go down deep, the branches up, very high. Many of us have seen, heard and understood him. We will not betray and remain, like him, intellectuals in and for liberatory action. We wish him a safe journey. Bon voyage l’Ancien!

Hanétha Vété-Congolo, CPA President

Le Professeur Wamba Dia Wamba a terminé son passage ici-bas. Pas sans avoir accompli sa mission. Penseur, politicien, guerrier libérateur. Maintenant ancêtre, les racines du baobab vont au profond de la terre, les branches sont élevées. Nous sommes nombreux à l’avoir vu, l’avoir entendu, enseigné. Nous ne trahirons pas et resterons, comme lui, des enseignants, chercheurs et intellectuels en action, pour l’action libératrice. Nous lui souhaitons bon voyage.

Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Présidente de l’ACP

An Ancestor has arisen: the Caribbean Philosophical Association Honors the Foundational Figure in Afro-Latinx Studies, Miriam Jiménez Román





Sra Miriam Jiménez Román, we wish you a safe passage! Bon voyage Miriam! Viaje Seguro. 

You will not be alone, and you are going because you do not want us to be alone here, ever. Nou sav! Thank you! Strength you gave us here, more strength from you we will now receive. Mèsi anpil, an chay épi anlo! 

Your Afro-Latina voice is strong. Our African-Latinidad is expanding so is the pool of our Ancestors. The fight can then go on. Your contribution is immense. We received it, will continue to build on it. Gracias para ti. No serás olvidada. 

Hanétha Vété-Congolo, CPA President 

The CPA 2019 Summer School was held at Williams College, June 16-23, 2019.

Information about the CPA 2020 Summer School
will be coming soon

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CPA 2019

Shifting the Geography of Reason XVI:


took place from June 6 to June 8, 2019 at


Providence, Rhode Island, USA

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CPA BOOK SERIES: Creolizing the Canon

CPA BOOK SERIES: Global Critical Caribbean Thought 

Letter from the President, Hanétha Vété-Congolo

Dear Caribbean Philosophical Association Members:

I am writing to you with, in mind, the framework of thought that governs the raison d’être and action of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. This is what I would like to insist on. But before doing so, I want to thank you for your trust and the honor you are making me of assuming the role of President for the next three years. As Vice-President, Yomaira Figueroa joins me in expressing a common gratitude to you. Our energies will be placed at the service of this institution whose aim is serious and whose intellectual project is uplifting. Click here to read more...

Existentialism from a Global Perspective

The Caribbean Philosophical Association meets with the Simone de Beauvoir Society and the North American Jean-Paul Sartre Society every five years with the theme of shifting the geography of reason through exploring diverse lineages of existentialism. Our next meeting will take place in the summer of 2019. 

The following is a non-exhaustive list of existentialists from the Global South and existentialist of color that offers a very different portrait of existential philosophy, thought, and artistic work beyond what is often taught in supposedly mainstream courses on existentialism and thus should emerge in discussions at this meeting and future research and courses in this field:

Mohammed Arkoun (1928–2010)
Assia Djebar
Mohammed Chaouki Zine

Charles Wm. Ephraim (1941–2011)
Paget Henry
Jamaica Kincaid

Carlos Astrada (1894–1970)
Jorgé Luis Borges (1889–1986)
Carlos Cossio (1903–1987)
Alejandro Korn (1860–1936)
Francisco Romero (1891–1962)

Sara Ahmed (also UK)
Danielle Davis

Kamau Braithwaite (and USA)
levis Headly (and USA)
George Lamming 

Raimundo de Farias Brito (1862–1917)
Nilton Campos (1898–1963)
Creusa Capalbo
Paulo Freire (1921–1997)
Abdias do Nascimento (March 14, 1914 – May 23, 2011)
Ernildo Stein 

Elias Bongmba (also USA)
Nathalie Etoke (also USA)
Achille Mbembe (also South Africa)

Enrique Molina Garmendia (1871-1964)
Jorge Millas (1917-1982)
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) 

He Lin (1902-1995)
Liang Shuming (1893-1988)
Lu Xun / Zhou Shuren (1881-1936)
Mencius (c.372-289 BCE)
Pan Pingge (1610-1677)
Wang Ji (1498-1583)
Wang Xuefu 
Wang Yangming (1472-1529) 
Xiong Shili (1885-1968) 

Gonzalo Arango Arias (1931–1976)
Fernando González Ochoa (1895 –1964)
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (also UK)

Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980)
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista (1902-1989) 

Dominican Republic
Junot Díaz (also USA)

Abdel-Rahman Badawi (1917–2002)
Taha Husayn (1889–1973)

Tsenay Serequeberhan (also USA)

Jean-Paul Rocchi (also Guadeloupe) 

French Guiana 
Léon-Gontran Damas (1912–1978)

Ayikwei Armah

Simone Schwarz-Bart 

Wilson Harris (also UK)

Edwidge Danticat (also USA)
Jean-Price Mars (1876-1969) 
Jacques Roumain (1907-1944) 

Sri Aurobindo (1872 –1950)
Rabindranth Tagore (1861 –1941)

Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayati (1926 –1999)

Ali Shariati (1933–1977)

Lewis Gordon (also USA)
Claude McKay (1889-1948) 
LaRose Parris (known primarily in the USA) 

Masao Abe (1915-2006)
Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990)

Abdul JanMohamed (also USA)
Wandia Njoya
Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Layla Baalbakki
Suhayl Idris (?–2008)
Charles Malik           

Aimé Césaire
Suzanne Césaire
Raphael Confiant
Frantz Fanon [also Algeria] (1925–1961)

Antonio Caso (1883–1946)
José Gaos (1900–1969)
Octavio Paz (1914–1998)
Jorge Portilla (1919–1963)
Samuel Ramos (1897–1959)
Emilio Uranga (1921–1988) 
Luis Villoro (1922– )
Leopoldo Zea (1912–2004)

New Zealand
Garrick Cooper

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)
F. Abiola Irele (also USA)
Fela Kuti (1938–1997)

Ghassan Kanafani [also Lebanon] (1936–1972)

Augusto Salazar Bondy (1925–1974)
José Carlos Mariátegui (1894–1930) 
(See also Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices) 

Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) 

Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices (known primarily in Peru)
Ortega Y Gasset  (1883–1955)
Don Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936)             

South Africa
Steven Bantu Biko (1946–1977)
Rozena Maart (also Canada)
Noël Chabani Manganyi
P. Mabogo More

Trinidad and Tobago
Kris Sealy

United States***
Linda Martín Alcoff (also Panama)        
Molefi Asante 
James Baldwin (1924–1987)
Robert Birt
Frederick Douglass (c. 1818–1895)
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963)
Ralph Ellison (1914–1994)
Kathryn Gines
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965)
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Floyd Hayes, III
Stephen Haymes
Charles Johnson
Maulana Karenga
William R. Jones (1933–2012)
Nella Larson (1891–1964)
Monifa Love
Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Jacquelyn Martinez
Toni Morrison
Lucius T. Outlaw
J. Deotis Roberts
Howard Thurman (1899–1981)
Dwayne Tunstall
Cornel West
Richard Wright [also France]  (1908–1960)
George Yancy
Naomi Zack           

Carlos Vaz Ferreira
José Enriqué Rodó

Hien Thu Luong
Ly Chanh Trung
Nguyen Van Trung
Thich Nhat Hanh
Tran Thái Dinh (1921-2005)

All of these philosophers, social theorists, and artists were in dialogue with or explored the works of European and Euro-American existentialists such as Hazel Barnes, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus, Jacques Derrida (depending on how Deconstruction is read), Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Gabriel Marcel, Maxine Greene, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  The dialogue that will emerge from the above broader portrait should stimulate a more rich conception of existential thought for future generations.

Please also check out the list of laureates for the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Fanon and Guillén Awards by clicking here.

Some useful recent publications reflecting a broader portrait of existential thought:

George Cotkin, Existential America.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Yoav Di-Capua, “Arab Existentialism: An Invisible Chapter in the Intellectual History of Decolonization,” The American Historical Review 117, no. 4 (2012): 1061–1091.

Lewis R. Gordon, An Introduction to Africana Philosophy.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Hien Thu Luong.  “Vietnamese Existential Philosophy: A Critical Appraisal.”  Temple University Dissertation, 2009. 

Lu Qi’s lectures on Yangming at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (July 2011):

Roberto Domingo Toledo, “Existentialism and Latin America,” in Jack Reynolds, Ashley Woodward, and Felicity Joseph (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Existentialism (London: Continuum, 2011), pp. 215–237.

* While Albert Camus and Jacques Derrida were born in Algeria, they are read primarily as French and more at the mainstream of the Western academy, which is why they’re reserved for the concluding paragraph.

** While geographically in Europe, Spain is geopolitically more part of the Global South, which is why it is included here.

*** Although the USA is geopolitically First World, the designation and ideas of the theorists and artists listed here are squarely located in the Global South. 



Afrique, Philosophie, crise sanitaire et COVID-19:






















Quel changement de paradigme impulser à partir de l'Afrique 



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CPA 2020


Black Lives Matter: Black American Resistance Through Thought















June 18-19, 2021

Online Conference

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CPA 2021 Award

Press Release


The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to philosophical thought, literature, and mentorship:


The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award

Hussein Bulhan

Silvia Federici

Rita Laura Segato


Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award

Rozena Maart

Firoze Manji

Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentorship Award

Florentina da Silva Souza


Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book

Adom Getachew, Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. Princeton University Press, 2019.


Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Outstanding Book Award

Chandramohan S., Love After Babel and Other Poems. Daraja Press, 2020.


The selections are made annually by the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Awards Committee, which consists of all prior recipients of the Frantz Fanon, the Nicolás Guillén, and the Stuart Hall Awards and an appointed senior scholar and an appointed junior scholar.   For more information, please consult:


For detailed information on the Frantz Fanon Prize Recipients, click here.

For detailed information on the Nicolás Guillén Prize Recipients, click here.

For detailed information on the Stuart Hall Prize Recipients, click here.

For detailed information on past Anna Julia Cooper Award Recipients, click here

For detailed information on past Claudia Jones Award Recipients, click here.

The Award Ceremony will take place virtually this year because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The ceremony will commemorate the 2021 and 2020 laureates because of the cancellation of the 2020 meeting. The date of the 2021 Award Ceremony will be posted on the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s website by March 15, 2021.


Each recipient is being acknowledged for the importance of their work for the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s ongoing project of shifting the geography of reason. In the words of 2014’s Guillén Lifetime Achievement Laureate Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o:


[We] celebrate the new recipients of the awards; sisi kwa sisi, (we for us/for one another/from us to us) we used to say in Kiswahili.