Philosophy, Race, and Racism
- Charles W Mills - 847/491-2551 - Kresge 3-210
- Kresge Centennial Hall 2-380 - TuTh 9:30AM - 10:50AM
- Race and racism are subjects of obvious importance in the modern world. What insights can philosophy bring to the task of understanding them, and ultimately getting rid of racism (and perhaps even of race)? Though race is a very non-traditional subject in philosophy, the last twenty years or so have seen a growing body of work in the area. In this course we will look at such issues as: the conceptual analysis of racism; the "metaphysics" of race; the nature of "whiteness"; the phenomenology of a racialized existence; color-blindness vs. color-consciousness; and the moral and political challenges posed by a racialized social world.
- By the end of the course, students will be expected to have gained an understanding of some of the important philosophical issues raised by race.
- Lecture + discussion sections
- Two 5-page essays, and a comprehensive final exam
- George M. Fredrickson, Racism: A Short History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), paperback, ISBN: 0691116520
Paul C. Taylor, Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Malden, MA: Polity, 2003), paperback, ISBN: 0745628834
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