On Race and Solidarity

Reconsiderations

Authored by: Lucius Turner Outlaw

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Race

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415711234
eBook ISBN: 9781315884424
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315884424-30

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Abstract

If there are no “races”—that is, if notions that the human species is distinguished by diverse self-reproducing, bio-culturally related groupings of individuals who share the distinguishing characteristics of supposed raciality are erroneous since, empirically, there are no groupings that fulfill the notions—then notions of racial solidarity are likewise misguided, perhaps even immoral in important instances (e.g., when fostering such solidarity is for purposes determined unjust). The work to be done, then, seems that of identifying, explaining, and critiquing the misguided notions in keeping with efforts to promote the cessation of efforts to forge and/or sustain such forms of solidarity.

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