Chapter 1: The Category of Slavery and Modern Racism Elements for an Ethno-Historical Sociology of Ancient and Modern Slavery The Question of Racism Racism in "Early Modernity" The Traces of Time A Better World?
Chapter 2: The Rebellion of the (Slave) Masses and the Haitian Revolution On the Combined and Uneven From Particularism to (False) Universalism: A "Philosophical Revolution" The (Uncertain) Logic of Slave Rebellions The Rest of the Americas Enter Saint-Domingue/Haiti A Portrait of Saint-Domingue/Haiti in 1791 An Excursus on Vodou and its Revolutionary Character The Social Complexities of Saint-Domingue The Confused Dynamic of the Revolution The Meaning(s) of the Haitian Revolution On "Creative" Violence
Chapter 3: The Disavowed "Philosophical Revolution": From Enlightenment Thought to the Crisis of Abstract Universalism Shadows in the Enlightenment: Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Slavery Slavery without Scare Quotes: Between Hegel and Marx The Black Enlightenment: The Haitian "Constitutional Revolution" The Difficulties of Theorizing (Haitian) Revolution Literature and Art Have Their Say Epilogue
Eduardo Gruner is a sociologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Buenos Aires. He was awarded the Argentine National Literary Prize in 2011 for this book.