Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ideas and Realities of Human Race

  3. Relations, Practices, and Theories of Race in Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-122
    2. Naomi Zack
      Pages 149-173
    3. Naomi Zack
      Pages 175-196
    4. Naomi Zack
      Pages 221-244
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 245-258

About this book


Philosophy of Race: An Introduction provides plainly written access to a new subfield that has been in the background of philosophy since Plato and Aristotle. Part I provides an overview of ideas of race and ethnicity in the philosophical canon, egalitarian traditions, race in biology, and race in American and Continental Philosophy. Part II addresses race as it operates in life through colonialism and development, social constructions and institutions, racism, political philosophy, and gender. This book constructs an outline that will serve as a resource for students, nonspecialists, and general readers in thinking, talking, and writing about philosophy of race.   


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

About the authors

Naomi Zack is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, USA. Zack’s newest book is her edited 51-essay Oxford Handbook on Philosophy and Race (2017). Recent publications include: The Theory of Applicative Justice: An Empirical Pragmatic Approach to Correcting Racial Injustice (2016); White Privilege and Black Rights: The Injustice of US Police Racial Profiling and Homicide (April 2015) and The Ethics and Mores of Race: Equality after the History of Philosophy (2011/2015). 

Bibliographic information


Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2018

“Zack (philosophy, Univ. of Oregon) has written a book for everyone. Given contemporary (and historical) distress about race, such a book is warmly welcomed, especially a book written by a leader in the field. Zack highlights the salience of race, both historically and presently, in science, politics, law, and so on … . Philosophy of Race will be the go-to resource for those who want an introduction that provides a solid understanding of race in everyday life.” (M. W. Westmoreland, Choice, Vol. 56 (04), December, 2018)​