Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience

Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience

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Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience is a collection of essays by philosophers about the mixed race experience. Each essay is meant to represent one of three possible things: (1) what the philosopher sees as the philosopher's best work, (2) evidence of the possible impact of the philosopher's mixed race experience on the philosopher's work, or (3) the philosopher's philosophical take on the mixed race experience. The book has two primary goals: (1) to collect together for the first time the work of professional, academic philosophers who have had the mixed race experience, and (2) to bring these essays together for the purpose of adding to the conversation on the question of the degree to which factical identity and philosophical work may be related. The book also examines the possible relationship between the mixed race experience and certain philosophical positions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 25mm | 503g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1498509444
  • 9781498509442
  • 1,953,615

Table of contents

Foreword, by Linda Martin Alcoff
Editor's Introduction: Toward a Mixed Race Theory, by Tina Fernandes Botts
Part 1: Mixed Race Political Theory
Chapter 1: Responsible Multiracial Politics, with a new postscript, by Ronald Robles Sundstrom
Chapter 2: Mixed Race Identity in Britain: Finding Our Roots in the Post Racial Era, by Gabriella Beckles-Raymond
Part 2: Mixed Race Metaphilosophy
Chapter 3: Through the Looking Glass: What Philosophy Looks Like from the Inside When You're Not Quite There, by Marina Oshana
Chapter 4: Being and Not Being, Knowing and Not Knowing, by Jennifer Lisa Vest
Chapter 5: A Mixed Race (Philosophical) Experience, by Tina Fernandes Botts

Part 3: Mixed Race Ontology
Chapter 6: The Fluid Symbol of Mixed Race, by Naomi Zack
Chapter 7: On Being Mixed, by Linda Martin Alcoff
Chapter 8: Race and Ethnic Identity? by J.L.A. Garcia
Part 4: Mixed Race and Major Figures
Chapter 9: Through a Glass, Darkly: A Mixed-Race Du Bois, by Celena Simpson
Chapter 10: German Chocolate: Why Philosophy is So Personal, by Timothy J. Golden
Part 5: Mixed Race Ethics
Chapter 11: Who is Afraid of Racial and Ethnic Self-Cleansing? In Defense of the Virtuous Cosmopolitan, by Jason D. Hill
Afterword, by Naomi Zack
Epilogue, by Tina Fernandes Botts
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Review quote

Few North American philosophers and an even smaller proportion of North Americans in general have thought deeply about the way society labels some people as 'mixed race.' This volume includes some of the seminal essays that established the issue as a genuinely philosophical topic and is supplemented by new essays where the contributors draw on their personal experience to illuminate it further. Tina Botts' collection brings the topic fully alive and makes it impossible to ignore.--Robert Bernasconi, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University Tempted (if light enough) to pass as white, pressured (if their ancestry is known) to identify as black or brown or red, rejected (all too often) as neither, while denied (perversely) the right to claim both or all or no racial identities, mixed race people find themselves in multiple binds that destabilize conventional understandings of the relation between the individual and society. Tina Botts's path-breaking collection gives eleven mixed race philosophers the chance to speak their minds--and they do just that, with painful and illuminating candor, humor, a defiant determination not to have others tell them who and what they are, and an insistence that their distinct perspective on reality raises deep meta-philosophical questions about the protocols of the discipline. This book should be welcomed not only by the growing number of Americans who claim mixed race identity, but by anyone too smugly certain about their own supposedly contrasting "unmixed" racial identity (which means almost everyone).--Charles Mills, John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience is the leading philosophical text on the philosophy of mixed race. Sensitive to the relations between the social position and personal experiences of thinkers and the insights they can bring to philosophy, this collection highlights the perspectives of mixed race philosophers. In this volume, Tina Botts and contributors show how mixed race experiences are important not only for the philosophy of race and moral and political philosophy, but for the practice of philosophy overall.--Elizabeth Anderson, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor This is an exciting and very important new anthology. The essays gathered here are rigorous and provocative efforts to philosophize about and from mixed-race experience. Bringing together a variety of outstanding thinkers, this collection offers a diversity of approaches to a woefully under-explored theme. It is a timely and sophisticated intervention into a challenging set of questions and issues. Those interested in issues of race and racism broadly, but especially those interested in mixed-race identities and discourses, will find this text indispensable.--Michael Monahan, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Memphis
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About Tina Fernandes Botts

Tina Fernandes Botts is visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Oberlin College and postdoctoral fellow in the Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Colleges.
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