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Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy

by Andrew Valls (Editor) Cornell University Press
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Is modern philosophy racist? Do such canonical philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Leibniz, Spinoza, the British Empiricists, and the German Idealists lend support, if only indirectly, to racist doctrines? Or do their ideas contain the resources to critique or even reject racist theories?An innovative and substantial intervention in critical race theory, Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy brings together an impressive roster of thinkers to trace the question of race in modern philosophical inquiry and explore its influence on contemporary philosophy. From Locke’s treatment of the issue of slavery and Descartes’s silence on the issue to Hegel’s philosophy of religion and Nietzsche’s “racial profiling,” this book illuminates the complex relationship between race and philosophy.
''The analyses and explorations at the heart of this book are long overdue: they emerge from and contribute substantively to ongoing discussions and critiques of canonical figures of modern ('Western') philosophy with regard to these figures' notions of race and the relevance of and impact on their philosophizing of these notions. Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy is a systematically and thematically focused book on the racial considerations of Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, John Stuart Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche. Unprecedented.''-Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., Vanderbilt University
Andrew Valls teaches political philosophy at Oregon State University.