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The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race

ISBN 9780415711234
Published December 12, 2017 by Routledge
562 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


History and the Canon

  1. Critical Philosophy of Race and Philosophical Historiography
  2. Robert Bernasconi

  3. Of Problem Moderns and Excluded Moderns: On the Essential Hybridity of Modernity
  4. Oluìfeìòmi TaìiìwoÌ

  5. Kant on Race and Transition
  6. Frank Kirkland

  7. Hegel on Race and Development
  8. Frank Kirkland

  9. Heidegger’s Shadow: Levinas, Arendt, and the Magician from Messkirch
  10. Jonathan Judaken

  11. Race-ing the Canon: American Icons, from Thomas Jefferson to Alain Locke
  12. Jacoby Carter

  13. At the Intersections: Existentialism, Critical Philosophies of Race, and Feminism
  14. Kathryn Gines

  15. Critical Theory: Adorno, Marcuse, and Angela Davis
  16. Arnold Farr

  17. Poststructuralism and Race: Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault
  18. Ladelle McWhorter

    Alternative Traditions

  19. Rights, Race, and the Beginnings of Modern Africana Philosophy
  20. Chike Jeffers

  21. Africana Thought
  22. Lewis Gordon

  23. Theorizing Indigeneity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism
  24. Kyle Whyte and Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner

  25. The History of Racial Theories in China
  26. Frank Dikötter

  27. Racism in India
  28. Ania Loomba

    Metaphysics and Ontology

  29. Analytic Metaphysics: Race and Racial Identity
  30. Jorge J. E. Gracia and Susan L. Smith

  31. American Experimentalism
  32. Harvey Cormier

  33. Race and Phenomenology (or Racializing Phenomenology)
  34. Gail Weiss

    Epistemology, Cognition, and Language

  35. Epistemic Injustice and Epistemologies of Ignorance
  36. José Medina

  37. Implicit Bias and Race
  38. Michael Brownstein

  39. The Mark of the Plural: Generic Generalizations and Race
  40. Daniel Wodak and Sarah-Jane Leslie

  41. Psychoanalysis and Race
  42. Kelly Oliver

    Natural Science and Social Theory

  43. Race and Biology
  44. Rasmus Winther

  45. Eugenics
  46. Camisha Russell

  47. Framing Intersectionality
  48. Elena Ruiz

  49. Canonizing the Critical Race Artifice: An Analysis of Philosophy’s Gentrification of Critical Race Theory
  50. Tommy Curry



  51. Race-ing Aesthetic Theory
  52. Monique Roelofs

  53. Joking About Race and Ethnicity
  54. Stephanie Patridge

  55. Anti-Black Racism: The Greatest Art Show on Earth
  56. Janine Jones

    Ethics and the Political

  57. Racism
  58. Luc Faucher

  59. On Race and Solidarity: Reconsiderations
  60. Lucius Outlaw

  61. Race, Luck, and the Moral Emotions
  62. Samantha Vice

  63. Racism and Coloniality: The Invention of "Human(ity)" and the Three Pillars of the Colonial Matrix of Power (Racism, Sexism And Nature)
  64. Walter Mignolo

  65. White Supremacy
  66. Charles Mills


    Politics and Policy

  67. On Post-Racialism: Or, How Color-Blindness Rebranded Is Still Vicious
  68. Ronald Sundstrom

  69. Philosophy of Race and the Ethics of Immigration
  70. Jose Jorge Mendoza

  71. Mixed-Race
  72. Jared Sexton

  73. Racism, State Violence, and the Homeland

Falguni Sheth

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Paul C. Taylor is Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies. He has written three books, including Black is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics and On Obama, and is one of the founding co-editors of the journal Critical Philosophy of Race.

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and Visiting Research Professor at Australian Catholic University. She was President of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, for 2012-2013. Her books include The Future of Whiteness and Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self. 

Luvell Anderson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. Before coming to Memphis, he was Alain Locke Postdoctoral Fellow at Pennsylvania State University. His research lies principally in philosophy of language, philosophy of race, and aesthetics. He has published articles on the semantics of racial slurs and on racist humor.


"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