PHIL 2251:
Philosophy of Race

Student Materials

Course Syllabus

Reading Responses

Review Essay

Final Paper

1. Course Introduction

GETTING STARTED

2. “The Problem of Speaking for Others” by Linda Martín Alcoff (PDF)

3. “Three Challenges to Race-Thinking” by Paul C. Taylor (PDF)

THE QUESTION OF RACE

4. “The Conservation of Races” by W.E.B. Du Bois (PDF)

5. “Illusions of Race” by Kwame Anthony Appiah (PDF)

6. “'Conserve' Races? In Defense of W.E.B. Du Bois” by Lucius Outlaw (PDF)

7. “Latinos on Race and Ethnicity: Alcoff, Corlett, and Gracia” by Lawrence Blum (PDF)

8. “The Invisible Asian” by George Yancy and David Haekwon Kim (PDF)

THE PROBLEM OF RACISM

9. “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” by W.E.B. Du Bois (PDF)

10. Film: Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work

11. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon, pp. xi-63 (Amazon)

12. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon, pp. 64-119 (Amazon)

13. Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon, pp. 120-206 (Amazon)

14. “Racism as a Form of Bad Faith” by Lewis R. Gordon (PDF)

15. “A Genealogy of Modern Racism” by Cornel West (PDF)

SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES

16. “Racial Formation” by Michael Omi and Howard Winant (PDF)

17. “The Racial State” by Michael Omi and Howard Winant (PDF)

18. The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills, pp. 1-40 (Amazon)

19. The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills, pp. 41-90 (Amazon)

20. The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills, pp. 91-133 (Amazon)

21. Video: “Michelle Alexander: The 30th Annual George E. Kent Lecture” (YouTube

WHITENESS

22. “White Man’s Guilt” by James Baldwin (PDF)

23. “Whiteness as Property” by Cheryl Harris (PDF)

24. The Future of Whiteness by Linda Martín Alcoff, pp. 1-38 (Amazon)

25. The Future of Whiteness by Linda Martín Alcoff, pp. 39-90 (Amazon)

26. The Future of Whiteness by Linda Martín Alcoff, pp. 91-204 (Amazon)

TO BE DETERMINED*

27. TBD

28. TBD

* Students, with my guidance, will determine the readings for these days.

© Douglas Ficek