Race: A Philosophical Introduction

Race: A Philosophical Introduction

by Paul C. Taylor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745628834

ISBN-13: 2900745628836

Pub. Date: 12/08/2003

Publisher: Wiley

In Race: A Philosophical Introduction, Paul C. Taylor provides an accessible guide to a well-travelled but still mysterious area of the contemporary social landscape. Blending metaphysics and social philosophy, analytic philosophy and pragmatic philosophy of experience, Taylor outlines the main features and implications of race-thinking, while engaging the ideas of

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In Race: A Philosophical Introduction, Paul C. Taylor provides an accessible guide to a well-travelled but still mysterious area of the contemporary social landscape. Blending metaphysics and social philosophy, analytic philosophy and pragmatic philosophy of experience, Taylor outlines the main features and implications of race-thinking, while engaging the ideas of such important figures as Linda Alcoff, K. Anthony Appiah, W.E.B. Du Bois, Howard Winant and Naomi Zack. The result is the first philosophical introduction to the field of race theory and to a non-biological and situational notion of race. The book unfolds in a sequence of five chapters, each devoted to one of the following questions: What is race-thinking? Don't we know better than to talk about race now? Are there any races? What is it like to have a racial identity? And how important, ethically, is colour-blindness? On the way to answering these questions, Race takes up topics like mixed-race identity, white supremacy, the relationship between the race concept and other social identity categories, and the impact of race-thinking on our erotic and romantic lives. Race is suitable for the educated general reader as well as for students and scholars in ethnic studies, philosophy, sociology, and other related fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900745628836
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/08/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part ITheory1
1What Race-Thinking Is3
1.1The language of race4
1.2What we mean by "race": what do you mean, "we"?8
1.2.1"Race" and race, words and things12
1.2.2What "race-thinking" means15
1.3Modern racialism: prehistory and background17
1.3.1Philosophers on history19
1.3.2The anthropological background20
1.3.3The ancients21
1.3.4Toward modernity22
1.4Power, racial formation, and method23
1.5Conclusion26
2Three Challenges to Race-Thinking27
2.1Introduction29
2.2The anti-racist challenge, take 1: isn't race-thinking unethical?30
2.2.1What racism is32
2.3Classical racialism: history and background38
2.3.1Early modern racialism39
2.3.2High modern, or classical, racialism43
2.3.3The concept of classical racialism47
2.4The challenge of human variation: isn't racial biology false?48
2.4.1What's wrong with race49
2.5The challenge of social differentiation: isn't the race concept just in the way?52
2.5.1Ethnicity53
2.5.2Nation57
2.5.3Class59
2.5.4Caste61
2.5.5Intersecting principles: gender63
2.6Conclusion69
3What Races Are: The Metaphysics of Critical Race Theory70
3.1Introduction72
3.2After classical racialism: late modern racialism73
3.3The US racial terrain today80
3.4Varieties of racialism84
3.4.1What races are--a radical constructionist account85
3.5Ten questions and three alternative accounts87
3.5.1You call these races? (Eliminativism)87
3.5.2You call these real?89
3.5.3Isn't race-thinking dangerous?92
3.5.4Who needs reality when you've got language? (Quasi-racialism)93
3.5.5Isn't metaphysics dangerous?95
3.5.6Aren't races culture groups? (Communitarianism)98
3.5.7Aren't races breeding populations?100
3.5.8Race-talk may be useful, but does that make races real?107
3.5.9Why not just say that false beliefs about race have consequences?110
3.5.10Why should I accept a racial identity?112
3.6Conclusion115
Part IIPractice119
4Existence, Experience, Elisions121
4.1Introduction123
4.2Ethical eliminativism, for and against; or, the anti-racist challenge, take 2125
4.2.1The slippery slope and the argument from political realism125
4.2.2The argument from self-realization127
4.3Existence, identity, and despair129
4.3.1The basics130
4.3.2Despair and terror131
4.3.3Double consciousness133
4.3.4Micro-diversity136
4.3.5Micro-diversity, part 2138
4.4In between: illusions of purity and interstitial peoples142
4.5Experience, invisibility, and embodiment147
4.5.1The basics148
4.5.2Invisibility and the other mind-body problem149
4.5.3From the ontic to the ontological153
4.6Conclusion155
5The Color Question156
5.1Introduction158
5.2Color and "courting": the ethics of miscegenation159
5.2.1Endogamy and the elements of ethics162
5.2.2Racism and criticism169
5.3Color blindness and affirmative action172
5.3.1Background and arguments172
5.3.2Suspect classifications176
5.4Conclusion181
Further Reading184
Notes188
Index193

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