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Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Associate Professor of Philosophy and

African American Studies

Head of the Department of African American Studies

133 Willard Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-4243


  1. B.A. in Philosophy (1989), Morehouse College – Cum Laude, Highest Honors in Philosophy
  2. M.A. in Philosophy (1996), Rutgers University
  3. Ph.D. in Philosophy (1997), Rutgers University


Recent Publications


  1. Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Cambridge, UK: Polity – Blackwell, 2004)
  2. Black Is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (under contract, Blackwell)
  3. The Philosophy of Race (edited series of reference works; under contract, Routledge)

Articles and Essays

  1. “A Future for Africana (Post)Analytic Philosophy,” South Atlantic Quarterly108:3 (forthcoming)
  2. “Post-Black, Old Black,” African American Review 41:4 (2007), 625-40 [Special Issue on Post-Soul Aesthetics]
  3. “¿Tienes Culo? How to Look at Vida Guerra,” (co-written with Karina Céspedes) in Beauty Revisited, Peg Brand, ed. (Indiana University Press, forthcoming)
  4. “Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas: Identity, Fate, and Character in ‘Fools Rush In’,” in Ethics in Film, Ward Jones and Samantha Vice, eds. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  5. "The Last King of Scotland or the Last N----r on Earth?" Contemporary Aesthetics (forthcoming)

Keynote Addresses and Named Lectures

  1. "How to Make Our Ideals Clear," Kneller Lecture, Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, Montreal (March 2009)
  2. “Ethics and Collaboration: Toward a Post-Supremacist Philosophy,” Plenary Address, Annual Meeting of the Philosophical Society of South Africa, University of Fort Hare (January 2009)
  3. “Assembling Black Aesthetics: Thoughts and Themes After Theory,” Keynote Address, 16th Annual Meeting of the Alain Locke Society, The George Washington University, Washington D.C. (November 2008)
  4. “Life Beyond Bread: Why an Africana Aesthetic?” Plenary Address, Thirteenth Annual Meeting of The International Society for African Philosophy and Studies, plenary address (April 2007)