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Race : A Philosophical Introduction

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Paul C. Taylor provides an accessible guide to a well-travelled but still-mysterious area of the contemporary social landscape. The result is the first philosophical introduction to the field of race theory and to a non-biological and situational notion of race.show more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745628834
  • 9780745628837

About Paul C. Taylor

Paul Taylor is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington.show more

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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 colorblindness? 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.show more

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"Combining conceptual analysis, historical perspective, and down--to--earth yet dazzling intelligence, Race: A Philosophical Introduction is an indispensable guide to understanding and ultimately cutting through the tangle of confusion that surrounds the concept of race. In place of that confusion, Paul Taylor offers an elegant, rigorous, yet supremely common--sense view of the (non--biologistic) "reality" of race. This is philosophy as Socrates and John Dewey imagined it could and should be: an exacting, clear--eyed, non--doctrinaire sorting--out of one of the most pressing problems of our culture." Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities, University of Kentuckyshow more

Table of contents

Preface. Part I: Theory:. 1. What Race--Thinking Is:. The Language Of Race. What We Mean By a Racea : What Do You Mean, a Wea ?. Modern Racialism: Prehistory And Background. Power, Racial Formation, And Method. Conclusion. 2. Three Challenges To Race--Thinking:. Introduction. The Anti--Racist Challenge, Take 1: Isna t Race--Thinking Unethical?. What Racism Is. Classical Racialism: History And Background. Early Modern Racialism. High Modern, Or Classical, Racialism. The Concept Of Classical Racialism. The Challenge Of Human Variation: Isna t Racial Biology False?. Whata s Wrong With Race. The Challenge Of Social Differentiation: Isna t The Race Concept Just In The Way?. Ethnicity. Nation. Class. Caste. Intersecting Principles: Gender. Conclusion. 3. What Races Are:. Introduction. After Classical Racialism. The U.S. Racial Terrain Today. Varieties Of Racialism: Four Accounts And Ten Questions. What Races Are -- A Radical Constructionista s Story. Ten Questions. Conclusion. Part II: Practice:. 4. Existence, Experience, Elisions:. Introduction. Ethical Eliminativism, For And Against; Or, The Anti--Racist Challenge, Take 2. The Slippery Slope And The Argument From Political Realism. The Argument From Self--Realization. Existence, Identity, And Despair. The Basics. Despair And Terror. Double--Consciousness. Micro--Diversity, Part I. Microdiversity, Part II. In--Between: Illusions Of Purity And Interstitial Peoples. Experience, Invisibility, And Embodiment. The Basics. Invisibility And The Other Mind--Body Problem. From The Ontic To The Ontological. Conclusion. 5. The Color Question:. Introduction. Color And a Courtinga : The Ethics Of Miscegenation. Colorblindness And Affirmative Action. Conclusion. A Note On Further Reading. Endnotesshow more

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