Debating Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Identity: Jorge J. E. Gracia and His Critics

Hardcover | July 7, 2015

EditorIván Jaksic

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The philosopher Jorge J. E. Gracia engages fifteen prominent scholars on race, ethnicity, nationality, and Hispanic/Latino identity in the United States. Their discussion joins two distinct traditions: the philosophy of race begun by African Americans in the nineteenth century, and the search for an understanding of identity initiated by Latin American philosophers in the sixteenth century. Participants include Linda M. Alcoff, K. Anthony Appiah, Richard J. Bernstein, Lawrence Blum, Robert Gooding-Williams, Eduardo Mendieta, and Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., and their dialogue reflects the analytic, Aristotelian, Continental, literary, Marxist, and pragmatic schools of thought.

These intellectuals start with the philosophy of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States and then move to the philosophy of African Americans and Anglo Americans in the United States and the philosophy of Latin Americans in Latin America. Gracia and his interlocutors debate the nature of race and ethnicity and their relation to nationality, linguistic rights, matters of identity, and Affirmative Action, binding the concepts of race and ethnicity together in ways that open new paths of inquiry. Gracia's Familial-Historical View of ethnic and Hispanic/Latino identity operates at the center of each of these discussions, providing vivid access to the philosopher's provocative arguments while adding unique depth to issues that each of us struggles to understand.

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The philosopher Jorge J. E. Gracia engages fifteen prominent scholars on race, ethnicity, nationality, and Hispanic/Latino identity in the United States. Their discussion joins two distinct traditions: the philosophy of race begun by African Americans in the nineteenth century, and the search for an understanding of identity initiated...

Jorge J. E. Gracia is the Samuel P. Capen Chair and SUNY Distinguished Profesor in the Department of Philosophy and Department of Comparative Literature at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of nineteen books and has edited another two dozen in such fields as metaphysics, interpretation, race, ethnicity, med...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 7, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction, by Iván JaksicPart I. Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Philosophy1. Writing a Check That Philosophy Can't Cash, by Lucius T. Outlaw Jr.2. Mapping the Boundaries of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality, by Linda M. Alcoff3. Race, Ethnicity, and Philosophy, by K. Anthony Appiah4. Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Philosophy, by Lawrence Blum5. Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Philosophy: A Response, by Jorge J. E. GraciaPart II. Hispanic/Latino Identity6. Is Being Hispanic an Identity?, by J. L. A. García7. The Boundaries of Hispanic Identity, by Richard J. Bernstein8. Hispanic Identity, Its Origin, and Hispanic Philosophers, by Robert Gooding-Williams9. The Role of Culture in Hispanic Identity, by Gregory Pappas10. The Language Prism, by Ilan Stavans11. The Second Reconquista, by Eduardo Mendieta12. Hispanic/Latino Identity: A Response, by Jorge J. E. GraciaPart III. Hispanics/Latinos and Philosophy13. Hispanics/Latinos, Labels, and Latino Philosophy, by Renzo Llorente14. Ethnic Philosophy and Latin American Philosophy, by Susana Nuccetelli15. Latino and Latin American Philosophy, by María Cristina González and Nora Stigol16. Affirmative Action for Latinos, by Howard McGary17. Hispanics/Latinos and Philosophy: A Response, by Jorge J. E. GraciaClosing Thoughts, by Jorge J. E. GraciaAppendix. Original Panels and DiscussionsReferencesContributorsIndex

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Pluralistic and rich with provocative claims and valuable insights.... Highly recommended.