Visible identities:race, gender, and the self/Linda Martın Alcoff. p. cm.—(Studies in feminist philosophy). Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Visible. PDF | On Mar 1, , David Ingram and others published Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.

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What she gives us idetities how race is experienced as real, but she has not established its reality. Individuals are not interacted with merely as interlocutor, citizen, person, or human; within our social worlds persons engage others as gendered and raced beings.

On the Epistemic Costs of Implicit Bias. From sociological to analytic philosophical investigations about race, objectivist analyses have dominated, and have all been concerned with the social structures that make race salient in individual and group life, the level to which such human categories parallel deep biological structures, and whether those categories are in some sense real.

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icentities Her arguments, however, do not address the metaphysical arguments of those who question the objective existence of at least one of the central categories of her analysis.

History of Western Philosophy. Tamar Gendler – – Philosophical Studies 1: Visible Identities critiques the critiques of identity and of identity politics and argues that identities are real but not necessarily a political problem. Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice.

From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an account with visiblf affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Although the weight of Alcoff’s analysis rests in the first section, the collection of chapters in the following sections, all of which have been previously published, are invaluable resources for scholars interested in this area of philosophy, and will be useful in classes ranging from political and social philosophy to feminist philosophy and race ixentities.


Race, Gender and the Self. They seek to suppress the very multiplicity and hybridity which Alcoff depends upon alclff save identity from the criticisms of liberals.

Richard Rorty captured this distinction by framing it in terms of the two questions “what are we? Reflections on a Multicultural Society. Moral Universalism and Economic Triage,” Diogenes Identities Real and Imagined Introduction: Critical Thinking Across the Identitied 22 2: Self, Identity, and Social Institutions.

Lotter – – South African Journal of Philosophy 17 3: Print Save Cite Email Share. But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate.

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Sign in to use this feature. Furthermore, since these categories come with scripts, determined by social expectations and stereotypes, they serve to undermine individual autonomy and individually formed rational life plans.

Those chapters have been previously published but they have also been reworked to include her insights from the first section. Academic Skip to main content. Personal Identity in Multicultural Constitutional Democracies. Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. Alief in Action and Reaction. She attempts such a pairing in her sixth chapter, where she defends the controversial theory that the “objective basis of sex categories is in the differential relationship to reproductive capacity between men and women While she places the social identities she acloff within the context of group interaction, her emphasis on hybridity and multiplicity allows for enough divergence so that three problems with identity are avoided.

She defends a dialogical account of the self that incorporates her use of hermeneutics and phenomenology, and argues that individuals participate in multiple and hybrid identities. At best, Alcoff demonstrates how race, idenities and gender are present in our lives and in society, as well as their effect on how we know the world. The idea of visibility has a unifying role in Alcoff’s metaphysical and epistemological account of those social identities.

Furthermore, she clearly disagrees with the condition regarding identity that is required by Rorty’s great left liberal hope: Race, Gender, identties the Self by Linda Alcoff. The price of the black-white binary, according to Alcoff, is the diminishment of the rights and interests of groups outside the black-white binary, and she presents a strong argument for the abandonment of the binary in political and philosophical investigations of race and racism.



Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: Moral Failure Lisa Tessman. In Alcoff’s analysis, there are three problems that these liberals and many conservatives have with strongly felt racial, ethnic, or gender identity. Alcoff has offered a series of arguments that race, ethnicity, and gender are visible identities that cannot simply be wished away, and should have a place in political life.

The bisible is straightforward, and concerns the worry that any “strongly felt” ethnic, racial, or cultural identity harms or prevents needed national cohesion.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Offers an account of social identity that is attentive to both the political and the philosophical debates, and that brings the empirical work on identity movements to bear on the theoretical debates in post-structuralism.

Alcoff’s correction is welcome, identiies one gets the sense that in much of the analytic literature about the metaphysics of race and ethnicity, those two categories are merely fascinating place holders for any social viisble, and the project is really about uncovering the conditions of existence for social categories generally.

End Matter Bibliography Index. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. In that analysis she avoids, however, the dangers of the institutionalization of those identities, which precisely lead to critiques of identity politics.

Two Gender Identity and Gender Differences. But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate.