PennSound: Fred Moten: Black Kant (Pronounced Chant): a Theorizing Lecture at the Kelly Writers House, February 27, 2007

"Black Kant (Pronounced Chant)" concerns itself with the relationship in Kant’s late philosophy between race and the imagination. The paper attempts to mobilize the poetry of Norman H. Pritchard as a theoretical lens and amplifier through which to see and hear Kant more imaginatively, which is to say accurately. The paper is predicated on the notion that attention to the nexus of race and imagination opens up a particular way of understanding blackness as political and aesthetic fugitivity and on the hope that such an understanding might offer a corrective to tendencies to pathologize blacks and blackness.