THE IDEA OF RACE / Edition 1

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A survey of the historical development of the idea of race, this anthology offers pre-twentieth century theories about the concept of race, classic twentieth century sources reiterating and contesting ideas of race as scientific, and several philosophically relevant essays that discuss the issues presented. A general Introduction gives an overview of the readings. Headnotes introduce each selection. Includes suggested further readings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872204584
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 709,086

Meet the Author

Robert Bernasconi is Moss Professor of Philosophy, University of Memphis. Tommy L. Lott is Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University.

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Table of Contents

The Classification of Races 1
1 "A New Division of the Earth" 1
2 "Of the Different Races of Men," from The Philosophy of History 5
3 "Of the Different Human Races" 8
4 Ideas on the Philosophy of the History of Humankind 23
5 On the Natural Variety of Mankind 27
6 "Anthropology," from the Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences 38
Science and Eugenics 45
7 The Inequality of Human Races 45
8 "On the Races of Man," from The Descent of Man 54
9 "Eugenics: Its Definition, Scope and Aims" 79
Heredity and Culture 84
10 "Instability of Human Types" 84
11 "The Concept of Race as Applied to Social Culture" 89
12 "The Concept of Race in the Human Species in the Light of Genetics" 100
Race and Political Ideology 108
13 The Conservation of Races 108
14 "The Uncompleted Argument: Du Bois and the Illusion of Race" 118
15 "What Is 'Negritude'?" 136
Racial Identity 139
16 "Mestizo Identity" 139
17 "Black Cinderella? Race and the Public Sphere in Brazil" 161
18 Racial Formation in the United States 181
Further Reading 213
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