For many decades, race and racism have been common areas of study in departments of sociology, history, political science, English, and anthropology. Much more recently, as the historical concept of race and racial categories have faced significant scientific and political challenges, philosophers have become more interested in these areas. This changing understanding of the ontology of race has invited inquiry from researchers in moral philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and aesthetics.
The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Race offers in one comprehensive volume newly written articles on race from the world’s leading analytic and continental philosophers. It is, however, accessible to a readership beyond philosophy as well, providing a cohesive reference for a wide student and academic readership. The Companion synthesizes current philosophical understandings of race, providing 37 chapters on the history of philosophy and race as well as how race might be investigated in the usual frameworks of contemporary philosophy. The volume concludes with a section on philosophical approaches to some topics with broad interest outside of philosophy, like colonialism, affirmative action, eugenics, immigration, race and disability, and post-racialism.
By clearly explaining and carefully organizing the leading current philosophical thinking on race, this timely collection will help define the subject and bring renewed understanding of race to students and researchers in the humanities, social science, and sciences.
"This important and timely volume addresses foundational questions concerning the impact of racial ideologies and practices on the development of Western philosophy. These interventions, profound in their ontological, epistemological and political implications, will be of keen interest to philosophers and other scholars working to better grasp the enduring legacies of racism."
--Steven Gregory, Columbia University
"A timely and telling collection on the philosophy of race in the critical tradition. The volume grapples in the terms of both the European and counter-European philosophical traditions concerning the driving questions of race and racism today. This is a critically valuable study of philosophical canons and disciplinary practices regarding race. A volume that is as productive to think about as it is to teach."
--David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine