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Palgrave Philosophy Today

Philosophy of Race

An Introduction

Authors: Zack, Naomi

  • Constructs an overview for students thinking, talking, and writing about philosophy of race
    Takes a "birds eye view" of the subfield of philosophy of race, and strives to balance opposing perspectives
    Written in a clear, accessible style

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About this Textbook

Philosophy of Race: An Introduction provides plainly written access to a new subfield that has been in the background of philosophy since Plato and Aristotle. Part I provides an overview of ideas of race and ethnicity in the philosophical canon, egalitarian traditions, race in biology, and race in American and Continental Philosophy. Part II addresses race as it operates in life through colonialism and development, social constructions and institutions, racism, political philosophy, and gender. This book constructs an outline that will serve as a resource for students, nonspecialists, and general readers in thinking, talking, and writing about philosophy of race.   

About the authors

Naomi Zack is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, USA. Zack’s newest book is her edited 51-essay Oxford Handbook on Philosophy and Race (2017). Recent publications include: The Theory of Applicative Justice: An Empirical Pragmatic Approach to Correcting Racial Injustice (2016); White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of US Police Racial Profiling and Homicide (April 2015) and The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality after the History of Philosophy (2011/2015). 

Reviews

“This book provides a thorough introduction to critical philosophy of race. Ranging from historical to contemporary philosophy and from theoretical to concrete issues, Zack expertly guides readers through important controversies concerning race and racism. Students will find the text accessible, and instructors will appreciate each chapter’s glossary and list of discussion questions. Philosophy of Race, An Introduction is a timely addition to a field that, as Zack claims, ‘moves at the speed of living history or current events.’” (Shannon Sullivan, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)

“Naomi Zack’s Philosophy of Race, an Introduction displays Zack’s broad knowledge of the field that she helped pioneer.  Wide-ranging and clear, she engages history, politics, science, and society, putting on full display the complexity and interest of the subject.  Zack’s work here will make it the central text for teaching the subject.” (Ron Mallon, Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

“Naomi Zack’s book presents a panoramic view of race sweeping across centuries of philosophical thought, histories of immigration and assimilation, Brazilian, indigenous, and Hindu challenges to prevailing racial categories, and concluding with clarifying reflections on hot-button issues around identity politics and intersectionality. Epic in scope, Zack’s highly informative survey offers an indispensable map for understanding the rise of race in US politics.” (Cynthia Willett, Emory University, USA, and author of Irony in the Age of Empire: Comic Perspectives on Freedom and Democracy)

“The philosophy of race has recently developed into an important subfield of the discipline. In this lively and accessible introduction, Naomi Zack contextualizes and historicizes the emergence of this new subfield and shows how it is closely linked to the ongoing importance of race in everyday life. Covering an impressive amount of territory in time, space, and subject matter, Philosophy of Race: An Introduction will serve as a valuable primer for students new to the topic.” (Charles W. Mills, CUNY Graduate Center, USA)

“Naomi Zack never disappoints. Unlike other philosophical engagements with race that prioritize the historical views of whites, Zack synthesizes sociological data and history to show how power creates the economic and political realities confronting racialized people. Zack accounts for practically every philosophical theorization of race, feminism, colonialism, and poverty present in the literature. This book needs to be in the hands of every philosopher teaching race, and on the shelf of every theorist claiming to write in the philosophy of race.” (Tommy J. Curry, Texas A&M University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Ideas of Race in the Canonical History of Philosophy

    Zack, Naomi

    Pages 3-23

  • Egalitarian Spiritual and Legal Traditions

    Zack, Naomi

    Pages 25-46

  • Race According to Biological Science

    Zack, Naomi

    Pages 47-69

  • Ideas of Race in Twentieth Century American and Continental Philosophy

    Zack, Naomi

    Pages 71-92

  • Ethnicity and Related Forms of Race

    Zack, Naomi

    Pages 93-119

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for Brazil (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78729-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for Brazil
  • ISBN 978-3-319-78728-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy of Race
Book Subtitle
An Introduction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Philosophy Today
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78729-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78729-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-78728-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 258
Topics