Philosophy of Race & Racialisation
Module code: V7083E
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework
You’ll examine questions such as:
- is 'race' a social construct?
- Is racism essentially a set of beliefs or a set of feelings?
- what, if anything, is 'institutional racism'?
- what is racial discrimination?
- is racial disadvantage 'intersectional'?
- should we aim to eliminate race altogether from the way we think about each other?
- are reparations for groups who have suffered racial injustice justified?
- can there be a phenomenology of racialised experience?
- is modern Western philosophy racially biased?
You will address these questions by engaging with historical figures, such as Franz Fanon, and contemporary work in the philosophy of race.
Module learning outcomes
- Be able to think critically about philosophical views on the nature of 'race', racism, and/or racial discrimination
- Discuss and assess philosophical views on responses for racial disadvantage, such as racial eliminativism, racial conservationism and demands for reparations
- Rationally assess the extent to which racial bias permeates philosophy itself
- Analyse and understand key texts in the philosophy of race