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Introduction

Lara Trout

in The Politics of Survival

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232956
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235803 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823232956.003.0001

Series: American Philosophy

Introduction

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about classical American pragmatic Charles S. Peirce's concept of unintentional racism. It focuses on the compatibility of Peirce's with contemporary social criticism. This book attempts to explain the condition of unintentional discrimination using the work of neuroscientist Antonio Damasio. It also highlights how Peirce's infinitely inclusive communal ideal may be undermined by the habit of unintentional exclusion of historically dominant social groups.

Keywords: unintentional racism; Charles S. Peirce; social criticism; Antonio Damasio; communal ideal

Chapter.  8360 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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