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:

Series: American Philosophy


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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on Charles S. Peirce's concept of unintentional racism. It suggests that there exist a problematic lack of social critical sensitivity in Peirce's philosophy, and thus he failed to address the oppressive dynamics that can undermine the ideal of infinite inclusion in actual communities. It contends that Peirce may have made more explicit that a community of inquiry is epistemologically deficient if he was not blinded by his own race, sex, heterosexual and social class privilege. This chapter also suggests that the focus of his later works on agape and the repudiation of greed may be an outgrowth of his own experience of poverty in his later years and his exclusion from social and scientific communities of inquiry.

Keywords: Charles S. Peirce; unintentional racism; agape; infinite inclusion; social critical sensitivity

Chapter.  3636 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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