Philosophers on Race: Critical Essays
March 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Distinction Without a Difference? Race and Genos in Plato (Rachana Kamtekar).
2. Ethnos in the Politics: Aristole and Race (Julie K. Ward).
3. Medieval Muslim Philosophers on Race (Paul-A. Hardy).
4. Patriarchy and Slavery in Hobbes’s Political Philosophy (Tommy L. Lott).
5. "An Inconsistency not to be Excused": On Locke and Racism (William Uzgalis).
6. Locke and the Dispossession of the American Indian (Kathy Squadrito).
7. Between Primates and Primitives: Natural Man as the Missing Link in Rousseau’s Second Discourse (Francis Moran III).
8. Kant as an Unfamiliar Source of Racism (Robert Bernasconi).
9. "The Great Play and Fight of Forces": Nietzsche on Race (Daniel W. Conway).
10. Liberalism’s Limits: Carlyle and Mill on "The Negro Question" (David Theo Goldberg).
11. Heidegger and the Jewish Question: Metaphysical Racism in Silence and Word (Berel Lang).
12. Sartre on American Racism (Julien Murphy).
13. Sartrean Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Lewis R. Gordon).
14. Beavoir and the Problem of Racism (Margaret A. Simons).
15. Dewey’s Philosophical Approach to Racial Prejudice (Gregory Fernando Pappas).
Julie K. Ward is Associate Professor of Philosophy at
Loyola University, Chicago. She has published papers both in
ancient philosophy and in feminism, and edited the anthology
Feminism and Ancient Philosophy (1996), to which she
contributed a chapter on Aristotle's theory of friendship.
Tommy L. Lott is Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University. He is author of The Invention of Race (Blackwell 1999), editor of Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy (1998), and co-editor, with Robert Bernasconi, of The Idea of Race (2000).
- Examines the historical roots of race in the works of major Western philosophers.
- Contains eleven new essays, some of which cover ancient Greek and Islamic medieval thought.
- Demonstrates new ways to analyze historical thinkers.
"This collection makes a splendid contribution to our
understanding of the history of thinking on race and racism in the
history of philosophy. It goes far to remedy what now appear as the
thundering silences about racial and anti-racist thinking
characteristic of standard histories of philosophy, and to counter
prevalent simplistic reactions and generalizations on all sides of
the issues." Sandra Harding, University of California, Los
"Skeptical scrutiny of the many ways in which Western philosophy
has been enmeshed with the practices of slavery, dispossession of
indigenous peoples, and anti-Semitism is, with the publication of
Philosophers on Race, reaching its maturity. It is bringing
into focus the inadequacy of our philosophical tradition's efforts
to achieve self-consciousness about its own racism and about the
deep meaning of being anti-racist. This book sets the terms for
serious discussion of racism in the future." Anatole Anton, San
Francisco State University
"In this distinguished collection, noted authorities explain how
the idea of race informed the philosophies of Aristotle, Hobbes,
Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, Sartre, and others. It deepens our
understanding not only of race, but also of Western philosophy."
Bernard Boxill, University of North Carolina at Chapel
"This book would work well as a supplementary text in various
philosophical courses. Indeed, it could be the major text in a
course that examines issues of race and racism in Western
philosophy... This is a provocative and very well written book."
Ethics, April 2003
"This book offers a highly sophisticated, well-thought-out, and balanced treatment of a very delicate but much downplayed subject, namely, the role and significance of the views of celebrated Western philosophical forebears in shaping the discourse on race, racism, and oppression. As such, it provides a variety of very powerful critical lenses through which to re-examine the epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical claims of those philosophical icons whose views on race are interrogated." Clarence Shole Johnson, Middle Tennessee State University