PHIL 220 Philosophy of Race and Racism


This course introduces students to philosophical debates on race, racism, and anti-racism. Do races exist? If so, are they biological, social, or some combination of the two? If races don't really exist, should we replace talk of race with talk of ethnicity or racialized groups? What makes a person racist? Is it a matter of one's attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors? What about an institution? What is cultural appropriation and what, if anything, makes it wrong? Throughout the semester, students will develop their own critical perspectives and well-reasoned arguments on these and related questions. Africana Studies, Educational Studies, and PPE elective.