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NoP: Racial Justice

Season 4, Ep. 2

In this lecture from The Night of Philosophy in 2019 on October 06 at 01:00 am at the New School for Social Research in New York City, professor of philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center Charles W. Mills spoke on the topic of Racial Justice. Dr. Mills charges the conceptions of T-justice (over-arching theories of Justice) by the Western European male canon of analytic philosophy with not accommodating G-justice (justice for those grouped as women, people of color, working class and LGBTQIA+, to name a few). Rather than taking the abolitionist road and starting from scratch, Mills takes the critical theory approach and finds salvageable material in, for instance, John Rawls’ Theory of Justice. Just as we continually try to amend the Constitution of the United States which was written by and for rich, Anglo-Saxon, slave-holding men, Mills suggests that we can reconstruct bits from the white supremacist tradition of analytic philosophy in order to make things right for other folks. He sees one path to corrective justice through a re-imagining of Rawls’ Veil of Ignorance and conceiving Justice for, what he calls, ill-ordered societies.

Charles W. Mills works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as five books. His books include 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 (co-authored with Carole Pateman, 2007); Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality: Race, Class and Social Domination (2010) and the forthcoming, Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism.

Dr. Mills is a professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center in NYC.

His full essay on Racial Justice can be found at the Aristotelian Society:

https://academic.oup.com/aristoteliansupp/article/92/1/69/5032731

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