Philosophy of Race

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Philosophy of Race

Spring 2018

Taught By: Emmalon Davis

Section: A

CRN: 6481

Credits: 4

In In this course, we’ll work together to gain a historically grounded, philosophical understanding of race and its intersections with other identities. The course is divided into four units: (1) metaphysics (2) social and political (3) epistemology and (4) language. Questions to be explored in each unit include: (1) Metaphysics: Does race exist? If so, is race a biological category or a social construction? How does the concept of race differ from gender and sexuality? Can an individual’s race change over time? (2) Social and Political: What is it for a racialized group to be an oppressed group? How does the concept of intersectionality illuminate overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage? (3) Epistemology: How do racial and gender stereotypes cause dysfunctions in our epistemic practices? What is an epistemic injustice? Is epistemic agency fundamental to human freedom? (4) Language: Does language shape reality or does reality shape language or both? What are the moral implications of racist, ableist, or gendered language in the form of slurs or other pejoratives? The course is designed to expose students to a variety of different philosophical sub-fields which explore race as a theme while providing students with an opportunity to grapple with the sorts of questions with which each sub-field is concerned. This course counts toward the Ethnicities and Race minor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:21pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1001

Date Range: 1/23/2018 - 5/10/2018