The Recognition-First Account of Race
Friday, February 26, 202112:00 pm – 1:30 pm EST/GMT-5
Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval, PhD Candidate, Princeton University
Membership in a racial group is often precarious. Someone can be embraced as a member by some people and in some contexts yet be excluded by others or in other contexts. Instead of shying away from this fact, as do most philosophical accounts of race, I build a metaphysics of race around it. I argue that racial membership depends on relations of mutual recognition between individuals. Recognition is mutual, joint, and socially valuable. For two individuals to recognize each other is for both to hold that they are subject to the same social and moral values and disvalues, as concerns their distinctive, shared lot in life.
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