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Race: A Philosophical Introduction Paperback – January 22, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0745628837 ISBN-10: 0745628834 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (January 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745628834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745628837
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combining conceptual analysis, historical perspective, and down-to-earth yet dazzling intelligence, Race: A Philosophical Introduction is an indispensable guide to understanding and ultimately cutting through the tangle of confusion that surrounds the concept of race. In place of that confusion, Paul Taylor offers an elegant, rigorous, yet supremely common-sense view of the (non-biologistic) "reality" of race. This is philosophy as Socrates and John Dewey imagined it could and should be: an exacting, clear-eyed, non-doctrinaire sorting-out of one of the most pressing problems of our culture." Susan Bordo, Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities, University of Kentucky

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In Race: A Philosophical Introduction, Paul C. Taylor provides an accessible guide to a well-travelled but still-mysterious area of the contemporary social landscape. Blending metaphysics and social philosophy, analytic philosophy and pragmatic philosophy of experience, Taylor outlines the main features and implications of race-thinking, while engaging the ideas of such important figures as Linda Alcoff, K. Anthony Appiah, W.E.B. Du Bois, Howard Winant, and Naomi Zack. The result is the first philosophical introduction to the field of race theory and to a non-biological and situational notion of race.

The book unfolds in a sequence of five chapters, each devoted to one of the following questions: What is race-thinking? Don’t we know better than to talk about race now? Are there any races? What is it like to have a racial identity? And how important, ethically, is colorblindness? On the way to answering these questions, Race takes up topics like mixed-race identity, white supremacy, the relationship between the race concept and other social identity categories, and the impact of race-thinking on our erotic and romantic lives. Race is suitable for the educated general reader as well as for students and scholars in ethnic studies, philosophy, sociology, and other related fields.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fahmee on December 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read this book several times and found it extremely helpful in navigating through this very contentious and troublesome aspect of life in the modern world. I would highly recommend this book.
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2 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Confused and Annoyed on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is subtitled "A Philosophical Introduction", leading one to believe that you wouldn't have to be a philosopher to understand what the man is saying. Blantant lie. The book was completely confusing and needlessly verbose. The author once used degrading in a sentence, and then defined "degrade" and how he meant it to be used in the next sentence. He eithers thinks his readers incredibly stupid, or just feels the need to throw out definitions every chapter. Surrounding the needless definitions are complex philosophical arguments that take hours to break down and understand, this book is not an introduction to anything. If you want to learn about race-thinking or the different arguments about the meaning of race, this is not the book for you.
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