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Write-up2 (as at 15/09/2020 17:00:58): Race
- The subject of Race is such a hot topic at the moment, that I really ought to study something about it so I can talk sensibly and critique what others say, rather than relying on my intuitions4 (otherwise known as “prejudices” – a term to be avoided in this context).
- Its rather tenuous connection to my Thesis is as a sub-topic of Narrative Identity5 given how important racial identity is to some people (maybe to all, but tacitly so for the dominant race in a society).
- There seems to be some disagreement about whether “races” actually exist. See Aeon – Hochman – Is ‘race’ modern?6.
- Of late, race has been overtaken by one aspect – the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Clearly, this is important, but it does seem to suggest that race and racism only apply to “Blacks”, and that the major issue historically was slavery. Historically – that is until the 17th and 18th centuries – slavery had nothing to do with “colour” as slaves had been taken from conquered peoples of any ethnicity. There’s a useful little BBC page on ancient philosophers’ misguided views on slavery: BBC - Ancient philosophers justifying slavery.
- For a Page of Links7 to this Note, Click here. Unfortunately, the algorithm picks up irrelevant items including the term “grace” and other words containing the string “race”.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read8 include the following:-
- Aeon – Blum – The white man Jesus9
- Aeon – Hochman – Is ‘race’ modern?10
- Aeon – Kohn – The Neanderthal mind11
- Aeon – Ojiaku – Is everybody a racist?12
- Aeon – Okoro – This is your morning13
- Aeon – Smith – For centuries European aristocrats proudly claimed foreign ancestry14
- Aeon – Smithsimon – How to see race15
- Aeon – Whitmarsh – Black Achilles16
- "Curran (Andrew) - Facing America's History Of Racism Requires Facing The Origins Of 'Race' As A Concept", Curran
- "Fetzer (James) - The evolution of intelligence: TOC & Preface", Fetzer
- "Williams (Joanna) - Who cares what colour philosophers are? It’s their ideas that matter, not their race or sex", Williams
- A further reading list might start with:-
- "Boxill (Bernard), Ed. - Race and Racism: Oxford Readings in Philosophy", Boxill17
- "Brues (Alice M.) - People and Races", Brues
- "Cohen (Mark) - Race and IQ Again: A review of Race: the Reality of Human Differences by Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele", Cohen
- "Devlin (Bernie), Fienberg (Stephen E.), Resnick (Daniel P.) & Roeder (Kathryn) - Intelligence, Genes & Success - Scientists Respond to The Bell Curve", Devlin etc.
- "Glasgow (Joshua) - Another Look at the Reality of Race, By Which I Mean Race-f", Glasgow
- "Herrnstein (Richard J.) & Murray (Charles) - The Bell Curve - Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life", Herrnstein & Murray
- "Olusoga (David) - Black and British: A Forgotten History", Olusoga
- "Smith (Zadie) - White Teeth", Smith
- There has been much criticism in the UK of “the British” (whoever they were) and their Empire. I’m sure there’s a lot to answer for, though maybe less so when judged by the standards, exigencies and knowledge of the time(s), but it’s worth absorbing some of the detail from a variety of political standpoints. So, I intend to read:-
- "Lawrence (James) - Rise And Fall Of The British Empire"
- "Brendon (Piers) - The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire"
- "Paxman (Jeremy) - Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British"
- "Ferguson (Niall) - Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World"
- This is mostly a place-holder18.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (15/09/2020 17:00:58).
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