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The Idea of Race (Hackett Publishing Co.) 1st Edition

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Robert Bernasconi is Moss Professor of Philosophy, University of Memphis. Tommy L. Lott is Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University.


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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Readings in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; 1 edition (March 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872204588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872204584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Co-editor Robert L. Bernasconi (born 1950) is Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, and was formerly at the University of Memphis. Tommy Lee Lott (born 1946) is Professor Philosophy at San Jose State University.

They state in the Introduction to this 2000 collecton of writings, "This anthology brings together some of the texts important for a critical study of the historical formation of the concept of race... The focus of this volume is the theorizing of race, not racism, but the two cannot readily be separated."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"The fact that Herder rejected Kant's notion of race suggests that the frequent tendency to identify Herder as one of the main sources for the racial ideology of National Socialism as the same time that Kant's cosmopolitanism is proposed as the antidote needs further scrutiny." (Pg. ix)
VOLTAIRE: "(N)egro men and women, being transported into the coldest countries, constantly produce animals of their own species; and that mulattoes are only a bastard race of black men and white women, or white men and black women, as asses, specifically different from horses, produce mules by copulating with mares." (Pg. 5-6)
KANT: "In short, all of these factors account for the origin of the Negro, who is well-suited to his climate, namely strong, fleshy, and agile. However, because he is so amply supplied by his motherland, he is also lazy, indolent, and dawdling." (Pg. 17)
HEGEL: "Negroes are to be regarded as a race of children who remain immersed in their state of uninterested naivete... They do not quite attain to the feeling of human personality, their mentality is quite dormant, remaining sunk within itself and making no progress, and thus corresponding to the compact, defenceless mass of the African continent." (Pg. 40-41)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaylor Aiken on February 19, 2014
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I was so pleased with the book, and it got here just in time for my class. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a mind stimulating book.
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