ALAIN LOCKE (1886 - 1954)



  • Anthologies:

    • The Critical Pragmatism of Alain Locke: a Reader on Value Theory, Aesthetics, Community, Culture, Race, and Education.  Ed. Leonard Harris.  Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1999.

    • The Philosophy of Alain Locke: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond.  Ed. Leonard Harris.  Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1989.

  • Edited Works:

    • Four Negro PoetsNew York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.

    • Plays of Negro Life: A Source-Book of Native American Drama.  Ed. Locke and Montgomery Gregory.  New York: Harper and Bros., 1927.

    • The New Negro.  New York: Albert and Charles Boni, 1925.

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • The Critical Temper of Alain Locke.  Ed. Jeffrey Stewart.  New York: Garland, 1983.

    • When People Meet: a Study of Race and Culture Contacts.  Ed. Locke and Bernhard J. Stern.  New York: Committee on Workshops, Progressive Education Association, 1942.

    • The Negro in Art: a Pictorial Record of the Negro Artist and of the Negro Theme in ArtWashington, DC: Associates in Negro Folk Education, 1940.

    • The Negro and His MusicWashington, DC: Associates in Negro Folk Education, 1936.

    • Negro Art: Past and PresentWashington, D.C.: Associates in Negro Folk Education, 1936.

    • "Values and Imperatives."  American Philosophy Today and Tomorrow.  Ed. Sidney Hook and Horace Kallen.  New York: Lee Furman, 1935. 

      • Reflections: an Anthology of African American Philosophy.  Ed. James A. Montmarquet and William H. Hardy.  Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth, 2000.  245-254.

    • The Negro in AmericaChicago: American Library Association, 1933.

    • "Art or Propaganda?"  1926.

      • Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917.  Ed. Leonard Harris.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall / Hunt, 1983.  Rpt. 2000.  231-232.

    • "The New Negro."   The New Negro.  Ed. Locke.  New York: Albert and Charles Boni, 1925. 

      • Norton Anthology of African American Literature

      • I AM BECAUSE WE ARE: Readings in Black Philosophy.  Ed. Fred Lee Hord and Jonathan Scott Lee.  Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1995.  261-271.

    • "The Concept of Race as Applied to Social Culture."  1924.  Rpt. in The Idea of Race.  Ed. Robert Bernasconi.  

    • Race Contacts and Interracial Relations.  1916. 

      • Ed. Jeffrey C. Stewart.  Washington, DC: Howard UP, 1992.

    • "The Ethics of Culture." 

      • Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917.  Ed. Leonard Harris.  Dubuque, IA: Kendall / Hunt, 1983.  Rpt. 2000.  224-230.


  • Archives:


  • Selected Individual Works:




  • Anthologies:

  • Selected Individual Works:

    • Birt, Robert E.  “A Returning to the Source: the Philosophy of Alain Locke.”  Quest: Journal of African Philosophy (1990): 103-113.

    • Cain, Rudolph A.K.  Alain Leroy Locke.  New York: Value Inquiry, 2003.

    • Harris, Leonard, and Charles Molesworth.  Alain Locke: the Biography of a Philosopher.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2009.
    • Holmes, Eugene C., Rayford W. Logan, and G. Franklin Edwards, eds.  The New Negro Thirty Years Afterward: Papers Contributed to the Sixteenth Annual.Spring Conference of the Division of the Social Sciences. Washington, DC: Howard UP, 1955.

    • Kallen, Horace M.  “Alain Locke and Cultural Pluralism.”  Journal of Philosophy 54 (1957): 119-126.

    • Lott, Tommy Lee.  “Nationalism and Pluralism in Alain Locke’s Social Philosophy.”  Defending Diversity.  Ed. Laurence Foster and Patricia Herzog.  Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1994. 103-19.

    • Ochillo, Yvonne.  “The Race-Consciousness of Alain Locke.”  Phylon  47.3 (1986): 173-181.

    • Washington, Johnny.  A Journey into the Philosophy of Alain Locke.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1994.



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