Race in Contemporary Philosophy

Albert Mosley

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Race in Contemporary Philosophy

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This article discusses the issue of race in contemporary philosophy. Racism has used biology to justify exploitative social arrangements by making it seem that social differences in the distribution of costs and benefits are primarily the effect of biological differences. Some contemporary philosophers continue to argue that the differential distribution of wealth between the races derives from genetically based differences in intelligence and moral worth. But the majority of contemporary philosophers, whether realists or constructionists, eliminativists or conservationists, reject the deterministic and hierarchical assumptions of racist thought.

Keywords: contemporary philosophy; race; racism; racists; biology

Article.  3789 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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