Chapter Three builds on critical accounts of race and capitalism to argue for the influential force of colonial contexts on British moral philosophy. Though much transatlantic work has tracked the impression that British political theory and philosophy made on colonial and Early American ideals, I invert this relation. In Chapter Three, I show that the racial dynamics of the colonies influenced the articulation of moral philosophy in striking ways, and I demonstrate the transatlantic, colonial, and racialized conditions of moral philosophy’s core concepts. Building on historian Robin Blackburn’s account of the role of plantation slavery in the development of capital accumulation in Britain, as well as on histories of labor alliances in the colonies, I show how moral philosophy reflects the role of New World slave and indentured labor in the processes of accumulation that laid the basis for the Industrial Revolution.
Keywords: racialization; labor history; colonial America; transatlantic; race; indenture; indigenous Americans; John Locke
Chapter. 14785 words.
Subjects: Religious Studies
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