9/22/2016

Racial Ideology and Racist Practices: Moving Beyond Critique

Racial Ideology and Racist Practices: Moving Beyond Critique

Sally Haslanger
Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sally Haslanger argues that we must understand racist ideology not simply in terms of belief, but in terms of social practices that frame our experience and our practices generally. For this reason, in order to resolve the durable inequalities associated with race, we must go beyond critique of racist beliefs.

Haslanger is the Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s & Gender Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. She is a leading scholar of metaphysics and epistemology who has done groundbreaking work on the social construction of categories such as gender, race, and the family, on social explanation and social structure, and on topics in feminist epistemology. Her bookResisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford University Press, 2012) won the 2014 Joseph B. Gittler Prize for “outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of philosophy of one or more of the social sciences.” Haslanger has recently been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015) and was honored as the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam.

This event was proposed by Lee Franklin and sponsored by the departments of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; the Africana Studie Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; New College House; the Alice Drum Women’s Center; and HIVE.

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