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John H. McClendon is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Kansas, and taught at Binghamton University, Eastern Illinois University, University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana, Bates College, and the University of Missouri before coming to Michigan State University. His areas of focus include African philosophy, marxist philosophy, philosophy of African-American studies, and the history of African-American philosophers.[1]


Contributions to philosophyEdit

McClendon is the editor of the American Philosophical Association newsletter, Philosophy and the Black Experience. He is an ex officio member of the Committee on Blacks in Philosophy — American Philosophical Association.[2] He has lectured widely throughout the country and abroad, and was the Charles Phelps Taft lecturer for the 35th anniversary of the University of Cincinnati's African-American Studies Department, the keynote speaker for Black History Month at Mississippi State University, and a faculty member for the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute.[2]

Professional publicationsEdit

He is the author of the book C.L.R. James’s Notes on Dialectics: Left Hegelianism or Marxism-Leninism (Lexington Books, 2005)[3] and several peer-reviewed articles and monographs in professional publications such as Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Socialism and Democracy, American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience, Journal of Speculative Philosophy, Explorations in Ethnic Studies, Sage Race Relations Abstracts, Freedomways, and Ethnic Studies Review.[2]

Selected worksEdit

McClendon, John. C.L.R. James’s Notes on Dialectics: Left Hegelianism or Marxism-Leninism, Lexington Books (2005)

"The Afrocentric Project: The Quest for Particularity and the Negation of Objectivity" in Explorations in Ethnic Studies (Special Issue Ethnicity: Global Perspectives), Vol. 18, No. 1, January 1995.

Perspectives: The Contributions of Black Missourians to African-American History, booklet published by the Black Culture Center, Black Studies Program (February 1992).

"Afrocentric History: Something New Under the Sun or the Same Old Song". Essay review of Tsehloane's Keto, The African Centered Perspective in The African Americanist Vol. 4 & 5 (1992).

"The McClendon Report", monthly news column in the Soul/Phisticator (1985–87), Dayton, Ohio.

The State of Black Champaign County 1984, Champaign County Urban League. Editor and Principal Investigator.

"Eugene Clay Holmes: A Commentary on a Black Marxist Philosopher" in Leonard Harris, ed., Philosophy Born of Struggle: An Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1983 .

"The Afro-American Philosopher and the Philosophy of the Black Experience: A Bibliographical Essay on a Neglected Topic in Both Philosophy and Black Studies," Sage Race Relations Abstracts Vol. 7, No. 4 (November 1982).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Michigan State University Philosophy Department/John McClendon accessed May 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Fayetteville University Documents Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine; accessed May 30, 2011.
  3. ^ McClendon, John. C.L.R. James’s Notes on Dialectics: Left Hegelianism or Marxism-LeninismLexington Books (2005).