Dr. Outlaw is Director of Vanderbilt's African/American Studies program and Professor in Vanderbilt's Philosophy Department. His areas of research are African and African-American philosophy, the history of philosophy, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and social and political philosophy (particularly Karl Marx's social theory and the critical theory that sprang from it).
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Dr. Outlaw's many articles have explored many subjects, including the writings of W.E.B. DuBois and Africana philosophy and the future of critical theory. His works have been published in the journals Ethics, Man and World, Philosophical Forum and the Journal of Social Philosophy. He has contributed essays to, among others, the Oxford University Press volume "Race and Racism" (which includes our own Marilyn Frye). A collection of his essays, "On Race and Philosophy," was published in 1996. His works in progress include "Race, Reason and Order," a monograph commissioned for the Issues in Philosophy Series, and "African Philosophy: The Contemporary Debate," a collection of essays by African philosophers. He also maintains an electronic database of biographical and bibliographical information on philosophers of African descent, past and present, from which he prepared the International Directory of Philosophers of African Descent.
Outlaw earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in philosophy from Fisk University, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. He has taught at Spelman College, Morgan State University, and Fisk University, as well as Boston College, Haverford College and his current posts at Vanderbilt.