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Color Conscious By Kwame Anthony Appiah

Color Conscious by Kwame Anthony Appiah

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Seeks to clear the ground for a discussion of the place of race in politics and in our moral lives. This book contains essays that tackle different aspects of the question of racial justice. It establishes the problematic nature of the idea of race. It explores the history of its invention as a social category.

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Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race by Kwame Anthony Appiah

In America today, the problem of achieving racial justice--whether through color-blind policies or through affirmative action--provokes more noisy name-calling than fruitful deliberation. In Color Conscious, K. Anthony Appiah and Amy Gutmann, two eminent moral and political philosophers, seek to clear the ground for a discussion of the place of race in politics and in our moral lives. Provocative and insightful, their essays tackle different aspects of the question of racial justice; together they provide a compelling response to our nation's most vexing problem. Appiah begins by establishing the problematic nature of the idea of race. He draws on the scholarly consensus that race has no legitimate biological basis, exploring the history of its invention as a social category and showing how the concept has been used to explain differences among groups of people by mistakenly attributing various essences to them. Appiah argues that, while people of color may still need to gather together, in the face of racism, under the banner of race, they need also to balance carefully the calls of race against the many other dimensions of individual identity; and he suggests, finally, what this might mean for our political life. Gutmann examines alternative political responses to racial injustice. She argues that American politics cannot be fair to all citizens by being color blind because American society is not color blind. Fairness, not color blindness, is a fundamental principle of justice. Whether policies should be color-conscious, class conscious, or both in particular situations, depends on an open-minded assessment of their fairness. Exploring timely issues of university admissions, corporate hiring, and political representation, Gutmann develops a moral perspective that supports a commitment to constitutional democracy. Appiah and Gutmann write candidly and carefully, presenting many-faceted interpretations of a host of controversial issues. Rather than supplying simple answers to complex questions, they offer to citizens of every color principled starting points for the ongoing national discussions about race.

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Winner of the 1997 Ralph J. Bunche Award, American Political Science Association Named an Outstanding Book by the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America for 1998 Winner of the 1997 Book Award of the North American Society for Social Philosophy Gutmann's essay shines with a brilliance of analysis worthy of widespread attention.--James O. Freedman, Boston Globe Despite tremendous ongoing discussion of racial issues in this country, American opinions about race remain contentious and nowhere near a national consensus...Each co-author devotes one-half of the book to his or her efforts to bring insight and illumination to what is an often gloomy conversation.--Washington Post Book World

About Kwame Anthony Appiah

K. Anthony Appiah is Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy at Harvard University. His books include the award-winning In My Father's House. Amy Gutmann is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics at Princeton University. Her books include Democratic Education (Princeton). David B. Wilkins is Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law and Director of the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Context of Race DAVID B. WILKINS 3 Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections K. ANTHONY APPIAH 30 Part 1. Analysis. Against Races 30 Part 2. Synthesis: For Racial Identities 74 Responding to Racial Injustice AMY GUTMANN 106 Part 1. Why Question the Terms of Our Public Debate? 108 Part 2. Must Public Policy Be Color Blind? 118 Part 3. Should Public Policy Be Class Conscious Rather than Color Conscious? 138 Part 4. Why Not Aim for Proportional Representation by Race? 151 Part 5. What's Morally Relevant about Racial Identity? 163 Epilogue K. ANTHONY APPIAH 179 Index 185

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Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race by Kwame Anthony Appiah
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Princeton University Press
Winner of American Political Science Association: Ralph J. Bunche Award 1997 Winner of North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award 1996 null null null null null null null null
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