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Mills, Charles: The Racial Contract

  • Lavender M. McKittrick-SweitzerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_243-1


Charles Mills is unquestionably one of the most influential social and political philosophers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Born in Jamaica, he attended the University of the West Indies for a BS in Physics before pursuing his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, which he completed in 1985. Following this, he held appointments in philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, University of Illinois – Chicago, and Northwestern University. He is presently at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research is primarily on oppositional political theory, with a narrower focus on race. Among his many notable publications are The Racial Contract (1997), Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (1998), From Class to Race: Essays in White Marxism and Black Radicalism (2003), Contract and Domination with Carole Pateman (2007), Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality: Race, Class and Social Domination (2010), and most recently Black Rights/White Wrongs: The...

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  10. Pateman C (1988) The sexual contract. Stanford, StanfordGoogle Scholar

Further Readings

  1. Pateman C, Mills C (2007) Contract and domination. Polity, MaldenGoogle Scholar
  2. Sullivan S, Tuana N (2007) Race and epistemologies of ignorance. SUNY, AlbanyGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PhilosophyOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sally Scholz
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA