, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 119-130
Date: 05 Mar 2011

Falguni A. Sheth: Toward a political philosophy of race

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The preposition in the title of Falguni Sheth’s book should raise questions for many scholars working in the convergence of philosophy and race theory. First, since most also do political philosophy, and they work on race through that subfield, they may be compelled to ask about the status of what they have been doing, in some cases, such as Bernard Boxill’s, Howard McGary’s, and Charles Mills’s (whom Sheth acknowledges but whose thought is not explored as a political philosophy or theory of race) over the past 40 years. Second, even if they were not doing so all along, there is the added reality of discourses of race. Even where not intended as such, discourses of race are always politically inflected. Many theorists of race, even from the eighteenth century, as we see with Cugoano through the twentieth, as understood well by Steve Bantu Biko, realized this was because of the intimate relationship between race and political institutions of racist societies. It is no accident that rece ...