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A Problem with Conceptually Relating Race and Class, Regarding the Question of Choice, by Emily S. Lee

Article available through Philosophy Documentation Center, here. Emily S. Lee is Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Fullerton. She is the editor of the collection Living Alterities: Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Race (SUNY Press, 2014). Her other published work includes “Postcolonial Ambivalence and Phenomenological Ambiguity: Towards Recognizing Asian American Women’s Agency,” Critical Philosophy of […]

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Review Essay-Black Bodies Matter: A Reading of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, by Jill Gordon

Jill Gordon reviews Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, published by Spiegel and Grau (2015). Article available through Philosophy Documentation Center, here. Jill Gordon is Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. She is the author of Plato’s Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Turning Toward Philosophy: […]

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It’s for the Kids: The Sociological Significance of W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Brownies’ Books and Their Philosophical Relevance for our Understanding of Gender in the Ethnological Age, by Tommy J. Curry

To date, there is not one scholarly essay exploring W.E.B. Du Bois’ publication of The Brownies’ Books. Our current understandings of gender, specifically Black masculinity, occlude our ability to see, much less understand, Black males as mothers or caregivers. Largely determined by our present caricatures of Black males, Black men were not thought to develop […]

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Preface to Special Issue 35:1–2, “Philosophy and Race,” by Alexis Dianda and Robin M. Muller

GFPJ editors Alexis Dianda and Robin M. Muller discuss the special issue “Philosophy and Race,” the motivations for publishing it, and the continuing task of de-marginalizing issues of race within philosophical discourse. Article available through Philosophy Documentation Center, here. Alexis Dianda and Robin M. Muller, preface to “Philosophy and Race,” ed. Alexis Dianda and Robin M. Muller, […]

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Forms of Spatial and Textual Alienation: The Lived Experience of Philosophy as Occlusion, by George Yancy

Yancy discusses the high stakes and risks for Blacks and other philosophers of color of engaging in philosophy, and the oppressive and exclusionary reality of philosophy as it has been practiced throughout history to the present day and experienced by non-whites. Yancy focuses on the experience of spatial alienation for Blacks produced, for instance, by […]

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Between Genealogy and Physicality: A Historiographical Perspective on Race in the Ancien Régime, by Jean-Frédéric Schaub and Silvia Sebastiani

Schaub and Sebastiani discuss the historical, social, and cultural conditions that contributed to the shape of racial discourses and practices in Iberian countries largely between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. They argue for the fluidity and complexity of race as a concept, and explain a variety of racial practices as situated phenomena. They outline a […]

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Aristotle on Natural Slavery: The Race Question, by Erick Raphael Jiménez

Jiménez discusses Aristotle’s strange views of and arguments for natural slavery in the Politics. He distinguishes two strands of interpretation: one seeing those arguments as simply ideological and as bad political philosophy, another arguing that Aristotle was presenting a coherent attack on naturalist views. Jiménez develops a competing view contending that Aristotle’s arguments for slavery […]

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Natives, Nature, and Natural Slavery, by Justin E. H. Smith

In “Natives, Nature, and Natural Slavery,” Justin E.H. Smith traces an intellectual history of native populations, conceptions of nature, and natural slavery, back to Aristotle and through the Enlightenment. Smith contends that an understanding of these historical legacies is necessary to disrupt racist essentialism that still infects our ways of thinking today. He connects these […]

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Silencing the Hottentots: Kolb’s Pre-Racial Encounter with the Hottentots and Its Impact on Buffon, Kant, and Rousseau, by Robert Bernasconi

In “Silencing the Hottentots,” Robert Bernasconi focuses on Buffon’s and Kant’s interest in classifying the Khoikhoi (the Hottentots), the dark-skinned inhabitants of Africa, and contrasts the two accounts with that of Rousseau. All three accounts relied almost exclusively on the reports of Peter Kolb, a Prussian traveler in South Africa, which makes the contrast between the […]

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Kant and Race, Redux, by Charles W. Mills

In “Kant and Race, Redux,” Charles W. Mills replies to critiques of his earlier essay “Kant’s Untermenschen” by Pauline Kleingeld, Robert Bernasconi, and Samuel Fleischacker, and defends further his main argument that Kant’s racial views affected centrally his ethico-political theory. The paper argues that for Kant not all biological humans are fully equal moral humans […]

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