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by Naomi Zack

  • ISBN: 0415941644
  • Category: Humanities
  • Subcategory: Other
  • Author: Naomi Zack
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 22, 2002)
  • Pages: 160
  • ePub book: 1245 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1713 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 165

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Naomi Zack is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is known for her work in the philosophy of race and gender

Naomi Zack is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is known for her work in the philosophy of race and gender. Start reading Philosophy of Science and Race on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Naomi Zack is a professor of philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is a prolific author, having published seven books in addition to a large number of papers and contributed chapters in feminist ethics, particularly in areas having to deal with race or disaster.

Philosophy of Race, An Introduction. pdf for one view, suitable for classroom adoption

Philosophy of Race, An Introduction. pdf for one view, suitable for classroom adoption. This paper argues in favour of a philosophy of science, which is alert to its democratic potential but does not simultaneously bury the historical - and continuing - role of science in legitimising racial, gender, and class/caste discrimination. The philosophy of science and its possible effects. February 1982 · Science and Public Policy.

In this concisely argued short book, philosopher Naomi Zack explores the scientific and philosophical problems in applying a biological conception of race to. .Naomi Zack is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon.

In this concisely argued short book, philosopher Naomi Zack explores the scientific and philosophical problems in applying a biological conception of race to human beings.

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2018. Zack (philosophy, Univ. of Oregon) has written a book for everyone. Given contemporary (and historical) distress about race, such a book is warmly welcomed, especially a book written by a leader in the field. Zack highlights the salience of race, both historically and presently, in science, politics, law, and so o.

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Naomi Zack received her PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University and is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. Her recent books include White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of US Police Racial Profiling and Homicide (2015), Applicative Justice: An Empirical Pragmatic Approach to Correcting Racial Injustice (2016), and The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality after the History of Philosophy (2011, 2015).

Naomi Zack is a professor of philosophy at Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY), having formerly been a professor at the University of Oregon.

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Select Format: Hardcover. First published in 2003. ISBN13:9780415941648. Release Date:September 2002.

Race and Science in Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality. Similar books and articles. Symposium: Naomi Zack's The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality After the History of Philosophy. Look, a Negro!: Philosophical Essays on Race, Culture, and Politics. The Philosophy of Whitehead.

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Comments

Camper Camper
Naomi Zack (born 1944) is Professor Emerita at University at Albany, NY. She has also written/edited Thinking About Race,American Mixed Race: The Culture of Microdiversity,Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women's Commonality,Race/Sex: Their Sameness, Difference and Interplay (Thinking Gender),Women of Color and Philosophy: A Critical Reader,The Handy Philosophy Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series), and Ethics for Disaster (Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy).

She states in the Preface to this 2002 book, "While the full scientific story about the nonexistence of human races does require some patience and concentration to grasp, it does not require any more preparation and training than other subjects about which educated people feel obligated to know something... That is why, as a philosopher, I decided to compose a detailed conceptual account of how the idea of race fails at this time to have a support in the relevant contemporary sciences... If this page happens to be as far as any reader has time to go, let me give away the crux of the matter right here: It is the taxonomy of human races that science fails to support, not any one or even many of the herediary traits that society deems racial."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"The subject of this book is the philosophy of science of race. By 'philosophy of science' I mean systematic and logical analysis of the findings and conclusions of scientists." (Pg. 1)
"Once the biology of race is put to rest, 'race' will look and feel differently to people of all races. What we now accept as race will not have the same motivational force. Will that end racism? Only to the extent that racism is dependent on the assumption that race is biological, which is an empirical matter. My own guess is that racism is highly dependent on biological assumptions." (Pg. 8)
"Kant held that the inner nature or character of man is his distinctively human essence that makes it possible for him to develop as a civilized being. He believed that character varied among nations, however, because talent is not evenly distributed among human groups. And he concluded that the only race capable of progress in the arts and sciences is white European. 'The white race possesses ALL motivating forces and talents in itself.'" (Pg. 22)
"However, as a point of intellectual history, Hume's polygenicism was a milder form of white supremacy than Kant's monogenicism. The connections drawn by Hume did not purport to be necessary, although they were presumed to be permanent. Kant's connections between what he thought was physical race and what we still regard as moral virtues were posited as both necessary and permanent." (Pg. 31)
Yainai Yainai
This is a useful and interesting book for anyone interested in philosophical questions about Race, or the philosophy of social science. Zack gives a clear and provocative presentation of the argument that our folk categories of race are scientifically and philosophically unsound. Her argument depends on a more reductive account of the sciences than I hold, but her arguments are clear and need to be considered by anyone working in the area. I highly recommend the book.
Ffyan Ffyan
A book which purports to prove that there is "no such thing as race", might do well to begin with a good pragmatic definition of race. As Zack has failed to do so let me provide one for her. Race consists of acquired heritable differencs in human groups which evolve in geographical isolation.

Most of the obvious racial differences are environmental adaptions to climactic conditions. There is no scientific reason to assume, however, that these differences can only be superficial.

Whilst it is accepted that the climate of the Eurasian biome (relatively low sunlight) gave a selective advantage to fair skin, it is not accepted that the geographical demands of Eurasia placed a premium on certain non-physical qualities. Why?

It seems obvious that the long winters and difficult terrain of Eurasia required a human population which had an enhanced ability for organisation, co-operation and forward planning. Thus it does not seem outrageous to assume that these qualities have been selectevely "bred" into the peoples of Eurasia over the 40,000 year period of their separation from the mother continent. This would mean of course that race was indeed more than a case of skin colour. This hypothesis seems to be an anathema to the scientific and academic establishment for reasons which are perhaps more ideological than logical.

This is a stuffy and fearful book which hides behind pretentious jargon such as, "invalid taxonomic construct".Despite their scientific veneer, Zack's arguments failed to convince me. Reduced to plain english these arguments would convince no-one.

If race is really such an invalid concept, why do we require near constant reminding of its unreality? The concept of race clearly explains something meaningful to human beings, if not to over indulged academics.