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The Racial Contract av Charles W. Mills
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The Racial Contract (utgåvan 1999)

av Charles W. Mills

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The Racial Contract puts classic Western social contract theory, deadpan, to extraordinary radical use. With a sweeping look at the European expansionism and racism of the last five hundred years, Charles W. Mills demonstrates how this peculiar and unacknowledged "contract" has shaped a system of global European domination: how it brings into existence "whites" and "non-whites," full persons and sub-persons, how it influences white moral theory and moral psychology; and how this system is imposed on non-whites through ideological conditioning and violence. The Racial Contract argues that the society we live in is a continuing white supremacist state. Holding up a mirror to mainstream philosophy, this provocative book explains the evolving outline of the racial contract from the time of the New World conquest and subsequent colonialism to the written slavery contract, to the "separate but equal" system of segregation in the twentieth-century United States. According to Mills, the contract has provided the theoretical architecture justifying an entire history of European atrocity against non-whites, from David Hume's and Immanuel Kant's claims that blacks had inferior cognitive power, to the Holocaust, to the kind of imperialism in Asia that was demonstrated by the Vietnam War. Mills suggests that the ghettoization of philosophical work on race is no accident. This work challenges the assumption that mainstream theory is itself raceless. Just as feminist theory has revealed orthodox political philosophy's invisible white male bias, Mills's explication of the racial contract exposes its racial underpinnings.… (mer)
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Titel:The Racial Contract
Författare:Charles W. Mills
Info:Cornell University Press (1999), Edition: 1, Paperback, 192 pages
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  fastred | Oct 5, 2020 |
Sobering critique of the Western philosophical tradition--particularly social contract theory--for its blindness to race. In just 130 pages, Mills shows how race has been the unacknowledged driver of our (European) conception of the human and personhood for the last 500 years, with devastating consequences. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jul 31, 2020 |
Torn giving 5 stars or "only" 4 stars. I'm giving 4 because of a few issues/questions.

(1) What exactly do we do with the "racial contract"? Assuming a liberal, classical, American stance of e.g. "all men are created equal," how is this modified? Or does RC only point to and measure the gap between reality and ideal?

(2) Isn't this in some (most) ways the same as taking the social contract and combining it with something like... was it Singer who coined the term... moral circles... In any case, isn't the critique here equivalent to saying the social contact's "coverage" needs to be expanded? And that's it? ( )
  dcunning11235 | Aug 28, 2017 |
mine is a harcover edition from 1997, Cornell Univ.
  beau.p.laurence | Jul 23, 2006 |
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The Racial Contract puts classic Western social contract theory, deadpan, to extraordinary radical use. With a sweeping look at the European expansionism and racism of the last five hundred years, Charles W. Mills demonstrates how this peculiar and unacknowledged "contract" has shaped a system of global European domination: how it brings into existence "whites" and "non-whites," full persons and sub-persons, how it influences white moral theory and moral psychology; and how this system is imposed on non-whites through ideological conditioning and violence. The Racial Contract argues that the society we live in is a continuing white supremacist state. Holding up a mirror to mainstream philosophy, this provocative book explains the evolving outline of the racial contract from the time of the New World conquest and subsequent colonialism to the written slavery contract, to the "separate but equal" system of segregation in the twentieth-century United States. According to Mills, the contract has provided the theoretical architecture justifying an entire history of European atrocity against non-whites, from David Hume's and Immanuel Kant's claims that blacks had inferior cognitive power, to the Holocaust, to the kind of imperialism in Asia that was demonstrated by the Vietnam War. Mills suggests that the ghettoization of philosophical work on race is no accident. This work challenges the assumption that mainstream theory is itself raceless. Just as feminist theory has revealed orthodox political philosophy's invisible white male bias, Mills's explication of the racial contract exposes its racial underpinnings.

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