Philosophy of Race: Which Texts?

I am seeking texts and articles on the Philosophy of Race.  If any of you have either completed a graduate course on the topic (or even and excellent undergraduate course) or taught a course along these lines, please send me the names of the texts and articles assigned for the course and the reasons why you recommend those particular works.  Also, if you do not fit into the “either/or” above but have done research in this area, please send me your suggestions as well. It would be extremely helpful to know which texts are more of an introductory nature and should be read first and which are more advanced and presuppose a basic acquaintance with the issues.  (I realize that I am leaving things overly general with the category “Philosophy of Race,” but at this point my thinking about the topic is underdeveloped and I am unsure as to the specific direction I might take).

8 thoughts on “Philosophy of Race: Which Texts?”

  1. You may want to check out:

    Race Matters by Cornel West
    The Nature of Prejudice by Gordon Allport
    Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning by David Theo Goldberg

    I will check my shelves for more.

    Also do a Google search for “castas” and see how race was “imaged” in colonial paintings.

  2. I’m going to be that guy who recommends a book he has not yet read, and suggest Eric Voegelin’s History of the Race Idea. Like I said, I haven’t read it; but knowing Voegelin, I am confident that I will, at the very least, be extremely interesting. (and maybe you’re reading it will give me incentive to pick it up finally).

  3. Robert Miles and Malcolm Brown, Racism in the “Key Ideas” series (New York: Routledge, 2003, 2nd edition).
    –> Comes at the issue from a more “sociological” perspective, discusses institutional racism at length, and methods of representation (see esp. the chapter on “Representations of the Other”)…more “introductory,” though still rigorous.

    Gay L. Byron, Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature (New York: Routledge, 2002)
    –> Comes at the issue from a decidedly “biblical” and/or “theological” perspective, and as the title suggests homes in on symbolic blackness as a socio-political construct in earl Christian literature (primarily in Scriptures, but also in loads of early patristic and Greco-Roman literature as well)…more of an “advanced” study.

    Hope these help!

  4. p.s. Fernando Segovia used both of these texts as well as Fenton, Ethnicity, in a class my wife Jodi took with him on race, ethnicity, and ideology at Vandy…these are the two she recommended, though I have only thumbed through them. So I guess these are also “unread” suggestions! Sorry!

  5. The Idea of Race: Hacket Readings in Philosophy, Robert Bernasconi, Tommy L. Lott (eds)

    Racism and Philosophy, Susan E. Babbit and Sue Campbell (eds)

    Race: A Theological Account, J. K. Carter (This is also a phisolophical account too)

    Hope that helps.

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