What is it about?

Du Bois shows that the democratic reasoning of former slaves in postbellum America helps make American society a better place.

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Why is it important?

It shows that Du Bois has a democratic theory that is racially pluralistic and incorporates gender and economic justice.


It shows Du Bois's connection to American history, German philosophy and democratic theory and presents it in a new light that is under explored and unappreciated by mainstream philosophers.

Elvira Basevich
University of Massachusetts Lowell

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This page is a summary of: W.E.B. Du Bois’s critique of Radical Reconstruction (1865–77): A Hegelian approach to American modernity, Philosophy & Social Criticism, September 2018, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0191453718797371.
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