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Our two main texts are:
Anderson, Elizabeth. 2010. The Imperative of Integration. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Glasgow, Joshua, Sally Haslanger, Chike Jeffers, and Quayshawn Spencer. 2019. What is Race?: Four Philosophical Views. New York: Oxford University Press.
PDF copies of these books can be found in the password-protected Readings section of this website. The password is: phil0235
Other readings are hyperlinked below.
The following is a tentative schedule of readings, which will be updated according to our interests and the flow of our conversations.
Key dates for writing assignments: The earliest that the midterm will be due is October 28. The final paper will be due on December 14, which is during finals week.
|Date||Readings to be Discussed and Assignments Due|
|9/16||Tutorial on Philosophical Methodology|
Nolt, Informal Logic; Khalifa, Argument Reconstruction Tutorial
We will use a snippet from the following as a working example:
Sawchuk, Stephen. 2021. “What is critical race theory and why is it under attack?” EdWeek.
|I. WHAT IS RACE?|
|9/21||Haslanger, “Tracing the Sociopolitical Reality of Race,” pp. 4-24 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|9/23||Haslanger (continued) pp. 24-37 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|9/28||Jeffers, “Cultural Constructionism,” pp. 38-54 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|9/30||Jeffers (continued), pp. 54-72 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|10/5||Spencer, “How to be a Biological Racial Realist” pp. 73-94 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|10/7||Spencer (continued), pp. 94-110 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|10/12||Glasgow, “Is Race an Illusion or a (Very) Basic Reality?” pp. 111-127 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|10/14||Glasgow (continued), pp. 128-149 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|10/19||No Class (Midterm Recess)|
|10/21||Haslanger and Jeffers’ Replies, pp. 150-202 in What is Race? [PPT] [Handout]|
|10/26||Spencer and Glasgow’s Replies, pp. 203-275 in What is Race?|
|10/28||Anderson, Ch. 1: “Segregation and Social Inequality” (pp. 1-22)|
|11/2||Midterm Paper Due. Anderson, Ch. 2 “Racial Segregation and Material Inequality in the US,” pp. 23-43|
|11/4||Anderson, Ch. 3 “Segregation, Racial Stigma, and Discrimination” pp. 44-66|
|11/9||Class cancelled (Pre-recorded/Zoom lecture) Anderson, Ch. 4 “Racial Segregation Today: A Normative Assessment” pp. 67-89|
|11/11||Class cancelled (Pre-recorded/Zoom lecture) Anderson, Ch. 5 “Democratic Ideals and Segregation” pp. 89-111|
|11/16||Anderson, Ch. 6 “The Imperative of Integration,” pp. 112-134|
|11/18||Anderson, Ch. 7 “Understanding Affirmative Action,” pp. 135-154|
|11/23||Anderson, Ch. 8 “The Folly and Incoherence of Color Blindness” pp. 155-179|
|11/25||No Class (Thanksgiving Recess)|
|11/30||Anderson, Ch. 9 “The Ordeal and Promise of Integration,” pp. 180-192|
|12/2||Symposium on Gender, Race, and Philosophy: James, “The Burdens of Integration;” Jeffers, “Anderson on Multiculturalism and Blackness: A Du Boisian Response” (pp. 2-10 in the PDF)|
|12/7||Symposium on Gender, Race, and Philosophy: Sheth, “Commentary on Anderson”; Sundstrom, “Commentary on Anderson” (pp. 11-19 in the PDF)|
|12/9||Symposium on Gender, Race, and Philosophy: Taylor, “Whose Integration? Whose Imperative?”; Anderson, “Reply to My Critics” (pp. 20-32 in the PDF)|
|12/14||Final Paper Due|