Racism and Philosophy / Edition 1

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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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"This is a book to relish, not because the diverse essays are in placid agreement, but because they support and provoke a sense of hope and a rethinking of concepts and social boundaries from different angles. . . This collection's contribution lies in its academic depth, its focus on the ordinary and commitments to debate the complexities of being human in relation to institutions and meanings that are racially inscribed. . . I feel that philosophers, inquiring minds and academic minds will find this collection thought provoking and useful."—Raz Yaqoob, South Bank University. Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol. 24, No. 3, May 2001

"The essays in this volume bring careful philosophical argument to bear on matters of contemporary concern; together they provide an approach to the topic of racism and philosophy unavailable elsewhere."—Michele M. Moody-Adams, Indiana University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485046
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Racism and the Practice of Philosophy
1 The Racial Polity 13
2 Fanon, Philosophy, and Racism 32
3 On Race and Philosophy 50
II Racism: Paradigms and Perspectives
4 Moral Asymmetries in Racism 79
5 Racism: Paradigms and Moral Appraisal (A Response to Blum) 98
6 Contempt and Ordinary Inequality 108
7 Colonial Racism: Sweeping Out Africa with Mother Europe's Broom 124
8 Reading the Colonizer's Mind: Lord Lugard and the Philosophical Foundations of British Colonialism 157
III Morality, Identities, and "Race"
9 Split-Level Equality: Mixing Love and Equality 189
10 "Race" and the Labor of Identity 202
11 Dominant Identities and Settled Expectations 216
12 Moral Risk and Dark Waters 235
Notes 255
Bibliography 277
Contributors 289
Index 291
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