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Philosophers on Race

Critical Essays


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This volume adds a new dimension to current research on race theory by examining its historical roots in the works of major Western philosophers. The essays included in this book span a wide range of topics, including the opposition between Greek and "barbarian" in the works of Plato and Aristotle, the notion of racial difference employed in medieval Islamic thought, as well as the existence of racial categories within the social contract and Enlightenment theories of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Kant. The readings also discuss repercussions in the post-Enlightenment period in the views of Nietzsche, Mill, and Carlyle, and twentieth-century reflections on race in the thought of Heidegger, Dewey, Sartre, and Beauvoir. Philosophers on Race contributes to the increasing debate on the subject of race by elucidating the philosophical origins of race in Greek and medieval thought and the subsequent development of racial categories in modern Western philosophy.

Author Biography

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 Aristotlea 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).
Release date NZ
January 11th, 2002
Edited by Julie K. Ward Edited by Tommy L. Lott
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Blackwell Publishers
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