Philosophy of Race

On 2/27/16, I sent out emails to contributors saying that, for a variety of reasons, and with a heavy heart, I am stopping work on this book project entitled Philosophy of Race: Introductory Readings.

This book's original purpose (clear, well-organized introductory readings on philosophical issues about race) would be well served if anyone would write and submit (and publish) more writings and presentations on philosophy of race either at 1000 Word Philosophy, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and/or WiPhi, at least! (I have no official connections to these webpages; here I merely suggest that authors consider developing materials on philosophy of race for them).

Here are some topics:

  • A general overview of philosophy of race
  • What are races? 
  • Different theories on what races are (biological theories, social theories, etc.).
  • Mixed race: if races can be 'mixed', this seems to say something about what they are.
  • Eliminativism or conservationism about race.
  • Something on whiteness or white privilege.
  • Racism: what is racism? Different theories on the nature of racism. 
  • Why is racism wrong? 
  • Is there any kind of racial preferences that are not wrong?
  • Reparations. 
Due by June 1, 2014 (note extension)
Interest in Philosophy of Race is growing. This collection of readings will celebrate and contribute to that growth.
Some philosophical questions about race are metaphysical or ontological, or existential:
While there is much scholarship in these areas, this collection seeks to intentionally bring the issues and arguments of that scholarship to readers with little philosophical background, such as students and general interest readers, as well as scholars new to the field. Diverse submissions, representing a plurality of theoretical, practical and lived perspectives, are sought for this collection.
Submissions must be new, but can be developments of, or reflections on, prior work: e.g., authors might submit an essay that explains a previous argument or inquiry and offers subsequent thoughts, to encourage readers to pursue that earlier work. Final submissions should each be about 2000-5000 words, or longer if necessary, and written in any manner appropriate for a general audience, either as a traditional philosophical essay or an essay infused with personal narrative.
Abstract(s), ideally consisting of an introduction and an outline of the essay, are due by May 1, 2014, sent to Early submissions are encouraged: multiple abstract submissions are allowed. Accepted authors will be notified soon after that deadline; rough drafts will be due at the end of summer; final drafts due early fall.
The intention is that this collection of high quality readings will be be published in an open-access format, as well as a low cost paperback, to allow for maximal access and use, in classrooms and beyond.
Please contact Nathan Nobis, Department of Philosophy and Religion, at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA USA, with questions and suggestions:; 404-825-1740
Also posted at: and Gender Race and Philosophy: the blog.
The list from PhilPapers (used with their permission) provides more topics in Philosophy of Race:

I am slowly developing a collection of introductory readings in philosophy of race. Information is at

The book now has a Facebook page that will serve as an archive of some philosophical race-related materials.

Call for Abstracts for Philosophy of Race: Introductory Readings
Do races exist? If so, what are they? What does their existence depend on? What determines what racial category or categories an individual is a member of? How might race relate to biology, appearance, social facts, history and other categories and characteristics? What is it like to be of a particular race, and of mixed race? How does race affect our conscious experiences? How does race affect our unconscious assumptions? 
Other questions, related to the metaphysical questions, are ethical, social and political:
What is the nature of racism and racial prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes? Why are these wrong? Can racial preference, of any kind, be justified? Is racial solidarity, or racial pride, justified? Can affirmative action, or quotas, be justified? If a racial group has been harmed, what should be done to address that harm? Are racially-oriented hate speech and hate crimes uniquely wrong, and deserving of special punishment? Can racial profiling be justified? 
These are just a few questions in philosophy of race: there are many, many more, including how race relates to philosophical theorizing and the experiences of philosophers as persons and professionals. For more topics, see the list below from PhilPapers*:
PDF of this Call for Abstracts is available here. Please re-post and share this Call. Thank you. 

Affirmative Action* (100 | 96)

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