Audre Lorde & the Case for Rage
Myisha Cherry with Moya Mapps
In this event, moral and political philosopher Myisha Cherry will argue that anger does not deserve its bad reputation. There is a form of anger that in fact is crucial in the anti-racist struggle today. This anti-racist anger, what Cherry calls “Lordean rage” (after Audre Lorde), can use its mighty force to challenge racism: it aims for change, motivates productive action, builds resistance, and is informed by an inclusive and liberating perspective.
Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Her books include UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice (2018) and The Moral Psychology of Anger (co-edited with Owen Flanagan, 2019). Cherry is also the host of the UnMute Podcast, where she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day. Her new book The Case for Rage is published in October by Oxford University Press. myishacherry.org / twitter.com/myishacherry
Moya Mapps is a philosophy PhD student at Yale. They are interested in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law and feminist philosophy. They are also on the editorial board of The Philosopher, and co-write the journal's "Philosophy in the Real World" column with Brian D. Earp.