quote:Originally posted by umbrarchist:quote:That is a very interesting list of books especially as framed in the context of relevant knowledge. As you note, the issue is what constitutes relevant.
Interesting is a vaguely positive but rather uninformative description. Could you possibly be more detailed. I included links with each book tho many of them don't work directly from that site, you must copy and paste them.
As I said, I think the issue is really what one deems or can make a case for relevance. For example, why are books on Linux more relevant than say Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois. Why is Dancing Wu Li Masters more relevant than Toni Morrison's Beloved or Michel Foucaults Order of Things.
I would have removed much of the science fiction and the electronic texts and included more historical (African Diasporic as well as European) and sociological, philosophical, and anthropological texts (particularly those whom Paul Ricouer refers to as the masters of suspicion; i.e., Freud, Marx, and Nietzsche.) I would add numerous works in the area of fiction from Morrison, Wright, Ellision, Hughes, Cullen, Toomer, and Walker. Finally, in the area of religion, I would include works of authors who are scholars of Black religion and Black scholars of religion like James Cone, Theophus Smith, Charles H. Long, Emilie Townes, Katie Canon, Delores Williams, Eddie Glaude, William Hart, and Anthony B. Pinn.
In the context of this thread, I believe that such a list would facilitate the kind of critical thinking that is often lacking many institutions of higher education.
I could not possibly list all the books that have impacted me. I have over 500 books in my office at home,