Dr. Anthony Neal
- Philosophy & Religion
- African American Studies
- Associate Professor
Anthony Sean Neal, Beverly B. and Gordon W. Gulmon Dean’s Eminent Scholar, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and a Faculty Fellow in the Shackouls Honors College of Mississippi State University. He is a 2019 inductee into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel Collegium of Scholars and a Fellow with the American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought. Dr. Neal was also presented with the Mississippi State University College of Arts and Sciences Dean Eminent Scholar Award 2021-2022. Dr. Neal received his doctorate in Humanities from Clark Atlanta University. He also received his Master of Divinity degree from Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College. Dr. Neal is the author of numerous journal articles and two books, Common Ground: A Comparison of the Idea of Consciousness in the Writings of Howard Thurman and Huey Newton (Africa World Press, 2015). The second book is entitled, Howard Thurman’s Philosophical Mysticism: Love Against Fragmentation (Lexington, 2019). He currently serves on the editorial board of The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence. Dr. Neal's current project is entitled Freedom Gaze: The Modern Era of African American Freedom Struggle.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Humanities, Clark Atlanta University, 2012
- Master of Science (M.S.), Theology, Mercer University-Atlanta, 2005
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Religion, Morehouse College, 2001
African American Philosophy, African American Philosophy of Religion, Existentialism, Neo-Platonism, Philosophy of Religion, and Political Philosophy.
- Howard Thurman's Philosophical Mysticism: Love against Fragmentation. Lexington Press. 2019
- Common Ground: A Comparison of the Ideas of Consciousness in the Writings of Howard Thurman and Huey Newton. Africa World Press. 2015
- (R)evolutions of Consciousness in Thurman and Newton. The Acorn. Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 61-77.
- Subjects of Vulnerability. The Acorn. Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 51-75.
- Thurman and King as Transformative Philosophers of Life, Existence, and Community Development During Times of Unchecked Oppression. The Acorn. Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 1-3.
- Thurman’s Philosophical De-Mystified Mysticism. The Acorn. Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 5-21.
- “A Fulfillment So High”: New Directions in African American Philosophy for the Study of Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr.. The Acorn. Volume 20, Issue 1, Pages 23-38.
- God[’s] hung from a tree. Review & Expositor. Volume 118, Issue 1, Pages 32-41. 2021
- Philosophy of religion and the African American experience: conversations with my friends. Black Theology. Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 87-88. 2018
- Howard Thurman’s Mystical Logic: Creatively Encountering Oneness – A Logical Analysis of Thurman’s Theology. Black Theology. Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 224-244. 2017
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy of the Black Experience Existentialism Philosophy as a Way of Life Philosophy of Peace The Modern Era of the African American Freedom Struggle Howard Thurman Philosophical Mysticism