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Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance

ISBN-10: 0791471020
ISBN-13: 9780791471029
Edition: 2007
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Description: Offering a wide variety of philosophical approaches to the neglected philosophical problem of ignorance, this groundbreaking collection builds on Charles Mills's claim that racism involves an inverted epistemology, an epistemology of ignorance.  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 5/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 282
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Offering a wide variety of philosophical approaches to the neglected philosophical problem of ignorance, this groundbreaking collection builds on Charles Mills's claim that racism involves an inverted epistemology, an epistemology of ignorance. Contributors, explore how different forms of ignorance linked to race are produced and sustained and what role they play in promoting racism and white privilege. They argue that the ignorance that underpins racism is not a simple gap in knowledge, the accidental result of an epistemological oversight. In the case of racial oppression, ignorance often is actively produced for purposes of domination and exploitation. But as these essays demonstrate, ignorance is not simply a tool of oppression wielded by the powerful. It can also be a strategy for survival, an important tool for people of color to wield against white privilege and white supremacy. The book concludes that understanding ignorance and the politics of such ignorance should be a key element of epistemological and social/political analyses, for it has the potential to reveal the role of power in the construction of what is known and provide a lens for the political values at work in knowledge practices. Book jacket.

Shannon Sullivan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University and Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute. She is author of Living Across and Through Skins (IUP, 2001).

Introduction
Theorizing Ignorance
White Ignorance
Epistemologies of Ignorance: Three Types
Ever Not Quite: Unfinished Theories, Unfinished Societies, and Pragmatism
Strategic Ignorance
Denying Relationality: Epistemology and Ethics and Ignorance
Managing Ignorance
Situating Ignorance
Race Problems, Unknown Publics, Paralysis, and Faith
White Ignorance and Colonial Oppression: Or, Why I Know So Little about Puerto Rico
John Dewey, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alain Locke: A Case Study in White Ignorance and Intellectual Segregation
Social Ordering and the Systematic Production of Ignorance
The Power of Ignorance
On Needing Not to Know and Forgetting What One Never Knew: The Epistemology of Ignorance in Fanon's Critique of Sartre
On the Absence of Biology in Philosophical Considerations of Race
List of Contributors
Index

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