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Race

Angelo Corlett

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online August 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0097
Race

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The concept of race is of great importance to moral, social, political, and legal philosophy, as well as the history of philosophy and philosophy of science. However, it has received less attention from analytic philosophers than many other important concepts. The concept of race is related to matters of ethnicity, racism, social justice, and differences in health and status. Yet most philosophers who write on race write on it as it relates to matters of racism and social justice and ignore other questions about the use of the concept in science and public life. The concept, however, gives rise to a variety of philosophical questions. Are humans properly categorized by race? If so, are these natural kinds, social constructions, or something else? What properties, moreover, are best used to categorize humans into different groups? If severe harmful wrongdoing against one group is caused by racism against that group, what, if anything, ought to be done to remedy the harm? This bibliography annotates the most important analytic philosophical work on race and the areas of philosophical investigation related to this category.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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