Racism and Philosophy / Edition 1

Racism and Philosophy / Edition 1

by Susan E. Babbitt, Sue Campbell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801485045

ISBN-13: 9780801485046

Pub. Date: 06/28/1999

Publisher: Cornell University Press

By definitively establishing that racism has broad implications for how the entire field of philosophy is practiced—and by whom—this powerful and convincing book puts all members of the discipline on notice that racism concerns them. It simultaneously demonstrates to race theorists the significance of philosophy for their work.A distinguished cast of authors…  See more details below

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By definitively establishing that racism has broad implications for how the entire field of philosophy is practiced—and by whom—this powerful and convincing book puts all members of the discipline on notice that racism concerns them. It simultaneously demonstrates to race theorists the significance of philosophy for their work.A distinguished cast of authors takes a stand on the importance of race, focusing on the insights that analyses of race and racism can make to philosophy—not just to ethics and political philosophy but also to the more abstract debates of metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and epistemology. Contemporary philosophy, the authors argue, continues to evade racism and, as a result, often helps to promote it. At the same time, anti-racist theorists in many disciplines regularly draw on crucial notions of objectivity, rationality, agency, individualism, and truth without adequate knowledge of philosophical analyses of these very concepts. Racism and Philosophy demonstrates the impossibility of talking thoughtfully about race without recourse to philosophy. Written to engage readers with a wide variety of interests, this is an essential book for all theorists of race and for all philosophers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801485046
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
IRacism and the Practice of Philosophy
1The Racial Polity13
2Fanon, Philosophy, and Racism32
3On Race and Philosophy50
IIRacism: Paradigms and Perspectives
4Moral Asymmetries in Racism79
5Racism: Paradigms and Moral Appraisal (A Response to Blum)98
6Contempt and Ordinary Inequality108
7Colonial Racism: Sweeping Out Africa with Mother Europe's Broom124
8Reading the Colonizer's Mind: Lord Lugard and the Philosophical Foundations of British Colonialism157
IIIMorality, Identities, and "Race"
9Split-Level Equality: Mixing Love and Equality189
10"Race" and the Labor of Identity202
11Dominant Identities and Settled Expectations216
12Moral Risk and Dark Waters235
Notes255
Bibliography277
Contributors289
Index291

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