Darrell Moore

Darrell Moore is a visiting associate professor of cultural studies at Claremont Graduate University. His research specializations include aesthetics and cultural theory, Africana intellectual thought, and continental philosophy. Using methods developed within Black creative intellectual thought and contemporary Francophone philosophy, he teaches courses in Africana intellectual thought, aesthetics, critical theory, and contemporary Francophone philosophy.

Moore received his PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University. Since then, he has been the recipient of a fellowship at The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies at the University of Rochester and the Huntington Library. Moore’s research moves among a range of literatures developed within aesthetics, Africana intellectual thought, continental philosophy, and cultural studies from the 17th century to the present as sites for inquiries into how to craft critiques of the present. He is working on two manuscripts. The first examines the broadly philosophical question of how Black creative intellectuals developed practices of thinking that attempted to transform the concepts and cultural practices that normalize radically disparate life chances along the line of race. The text asks: How did Black creative intellectuals encounter and denigrate given sets of historical determinations, and how did they approach the temporal and spatial considerations of their living present with an interest toward an immediate future that necessarily exceeds its own conditions? The second manuscript examines William Greaves’s Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1968) as a work of art that confronts and challenges the desire for mastery and authority that we embody in the director and asks whether this confrontation and challenge is indicative of film’s capacity.

“Friendship as a Space of Freedom: Foucault’s ‘Friendship as a way of Life.’” (Forthcoming).

“Now You Can See It: The Liberal Aesthetic and Racial Representation in The Crying Game.” CineAction.

“Scrutinizing Progress: W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘Of The Meaning of Progress’ as Witness and Testimony.” The Hamline Review 28, (2004): 98-112.

Co-edited with Phyllis J. Jackson. “Interrogating Whiteness: Outing Re-Presentations of Race and Racism.” Annals of Scholarship: Art Practices and the Human Sciences in a Global Culture Special Issue 14, no. 4 (2000).

“The Frame of Discourse: Sexuality, Colonialism, and the Incitement to Race.” Philosophy Today, (1998): 95-107.

“Fictional Seductions.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, (1998): 499-508.

Affect Theory
Art as Critique
James Baldwin
Concepts & Methods of Africana Studies
Contemporary Francophone Philosophy
Ethics of Cultural Studies
Frantz Fanon
Michel Foucault
Stuart Hall
Ontologies of Space