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You Mixed?

Sally Haslanger

in Resisting Reality

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892631
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.003.0009
You Mixed?

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If racial categories are to be understood as positions in a social structure (as was argued in Chapter 7), then in principle one can be raced without incorporating that fact into one's self-understanding. How, then, should we understand racial identity? The chapter argues that a common model (suggested by Ian Hacking and developed by Anthony Appiah) that analyzes racial identity in terms of the content of one's intentions to act (e.g., as a person of race R) is inadequate to capture a broad range of unintentional and even unconscious behavior that is plausibly relevant to one's identity. The chapter offers an alternative proposal that takes into account unreflective, unintended, and unconscious aspects of racial embodiment.

Keywords: race; identity; biology; adoption; adoptive parent; Anthony Appiah; Ian Hacking; William E. Cross

Chapter.  13130 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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