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Racism in Mind

by Michael P. Levine and Tamas Pataki Cornell University Press
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This philosophical analysis of the phenomenon of racism brings together some of the most influential analytic philosophers writing on racism today. The introduction by Tamas Pataki outlines the historical and thematic development of conceptions of race and racism, and locates the following essays against the backdrop of contemporary reactions to that development. While the framework is primarily analytic, the volume also includes essays deeply informed by psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and feminist and social theory. The fourteen chapters in this collection address three interrelated questions: What is racism? What are the causes of racism? and What are the moral and political implications of racism? Although their approaches are wide ranging, the contributors to Racism in Mind broadly endorse a psychological-characterological approach to the understanding of many aspects of racism.
''Racism in Mind is noteworthy for its focus on racism, rather than racial categories, the concept of race, or racial identity. The greatest strength of the book is its specialized, interdisciplinary combination of philosophy and psychology. It includes specifically psychological analyses not often seen in a philosophical study of racism.''-Naomi Zack, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oregon, and author of Philosophy of Science and Race
Michael P. Levine is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Australia and, in 2004, visiting professor at the University of Colorado's Center for Humanities and Arts. He is a coauthor of Integrity and the Fragile Self and editor of The Analytic Freud.

Tamas Pataki is Honorary Senior Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, where he also lectures, and Honorary Fellow of Deakin University. He is the author of Wish-fulfilment in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: The Tyranny of Desire.