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Charles W. Mills

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190245412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245412.001.0001

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The Whiteness of Political Philosophy

The Whiteness of Political Philosophy

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(p.181) Chapter 10 The Whiteness of Political Philosophy
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Black Rights/White Wrongs
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Charles W. Mills

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245412.003.0010

This chapter begins with a retrospective look by Charles Mills at the development of Africana and critical race philosophy over the last thirty years, both the progress made by the fields and their continuing marginalization in the discipline. The chapter uses the fate of Mills’s book, The Racial Contract, as illustrative. On the one hand, it is an academic bestseller; on the other hand, it has had next to no impact on the debate within mainstream white contractarian and Rawlsian political philosophy. The chapter ends with some speculations about why the “whiteness” of philosophy, including political philosophy, is more extreme and recalcitrant than in other academic disciplines.

Keywords:   African American philosophy, critical philosophy of race, The Racial Contract, whiteness of political philosophy, under-representation of people of color, Eurocentrism

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