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ISBN-13: 978-0791471029 ISBN-10: 0791471020 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: SUNY Series, Philosophy and Race
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press; 1 edition (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791471020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791471029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offering a wide variety of philosophical approaches to the neglected philosophical problem of ignorance, this groundbreaking collection builds on Charles Mills's claim that racism involves an inverted epistemology, an epistemology of ignorance. Contributors explore how different forms of ignorance linked to race are produced and sustained and what role they play in promoting racism and white privilege. They argue that the ignorance that underpins racism is not a simple gap in knowledge, the accidental result of an epistemological oversight. In the case of racial oppression, ignorance often is actively produced for purposes of domination and exploitation. But as these essays demonstrate, ignorance is not simply a tool of oppression wielded by the powerful. It can also be a strategy for survival, an important tool for people of color to wield against white privilege and white supremacy. The book concludes that understanding ignorance and the politics of such ignorance should be a key element of epistemological and social/political analyses, for it has the potential to reveal the role of power in the construction of what is known and provide a lens for the political values at work in knowledge practices.

"This anthology brings together some very prominent philosophers to address one of the most embarrassing and blatantly ignored elephants in philosophy: ignorance. While philosophers claim to be children of Socrates, who alone was virtuous and courageous enough to recognize the fecundity of ignorance, few have really addressed it with the verve and originality displayed in the contributions to this volume. I consider it a must-have for libraries, faculty, and graduate students." -- Eduardo Mendieta, editor of The Frankfurt School on Religion: Key Writings by the Major Thinkers

Contributors include Linda Martín Alcoff, Alison Bailey, Robert Bernasconi, Lorraine Code, Harvey Cormier, Stephanie Malia Fullerton, Sarah Lucia Hoagland, Frank Margonis, Charles W. Mills, Lucius T. Outlaw (Jr.), Elizabeth V. Spelman, Shannon Sullivan, Paul C. Taylor, and Nancy Tuana. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

At Penn State at University Park, Shannon Sullivan is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, and Nancy Tuana is DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies. Sullivan is the author of Revealing Whiteness: The Unconscious Habits of Racial Privilege, and Tuana is coeditor (with Sandra Morgen) of Engendering Rationalities, also published by SUNY Press. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Harper on September 21, 2009
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As a PhD student engaged in Critical Race Theory and Critical Whiteness Studies, I found this book to be extremely helpful. Quite simply, the book focuses on how it is possible that so many white USAmericans continue to remain ignorant about their own white privilege and ignorant about the ways in which brown and black folk STILL live through racism in the USA. It's a philosophy book, actually.

Essays are dedicated to analyzing and conveying how ignorance is actually structured and institutionalized in the USA, in a way those of the white racial status quo can remain "ignorant about their ignorance" around the issues of race, racism, histories of colonialism, and white privilege. The contributors to the volume are actually responding to Charles Mill's "Racial Contract", a book that was written by the professor in 1997. I highly recommend that you read "Racial Contract" first so you understand why this book is so important.
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