NEW BOOK: Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience

Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience is a collection of essays by mixed race philosophers about the mixed race experience. Each essay is meant to represent one of three possible things: (1) what the philosopher sees as the philosopher’s best work, (2) evidence of the possible impact of the philosopher’s mixed race experience on the philosopher’s work, or (3) the philosopher’s philosophical take on the mixed race experience. The book has two goals: (1) to collect together for the first time the work of professional, academic philosophers who have had the mixed race experience, and (2) to bring these essays together for the purpose of adding to the conversation on the question of the degree to which factical identity (that is, situated, phenomenological experience) and philosophical work may be related (i.e., in terms of theme, method, assumptions, traditions, etc.). Lexington Books | Pages: 334Size: 6 x 9 Hardback

978-1-4985-0942-8 • Hardback • January 2016 • $100.00 • (£70.00)

978-1-4985-0943-5 • eBook •

Edited by Tina Fernandes Botts – Contributions by Linda Martín Alcoff; Ronald Robles Sundstrom; Gabriella Beckles-Raymond; Marina A.L. Oshana; Jennifer Lisa Vest; Tina Fernandes Botts; Naomi Zack; J. L. A. Garcia; Celena Simpson; Timothy J. Golden and Jason D. Hill


Foreword, by Linda Martín Alcoff

Editor’s Introduction: Toward a Mixed Race Theory, by Tina Fernandes Botts

Part 1: Mixed Race Political Theory

Chapter 1: Responsible Multiracial Politics, with a new postscript, by Ronald Robles Sundstrom

Chapter 2: Mixed Race Identity in Britain: Finding Our Roots in the Post Racial Era, by Gabriella Beckles-Raymond

Part 2: Mixed Race Metaphilosophy

Chapter 3: Through the Looking Glass: What Philosophy Looks Like from the Inside When You’re Not Quite There, by Marina Oshana

Chapter 4: Being and Not Being, Knowing and Not Knowing, by Jennifer Lisa Vest

Chapter 5: A Mixed Race (Philosophical) Experience, by Tina Fernandes Botts

Part 3: Mixed Race Ontology

Chapter 6: The Fluid Symbol of Mixed Race, by Naomi Zack

Chapter 7: On Being Mixed, by Linda Martín Alcoff

Chapter 8: Race and Ethnic Identity, by J.L.A. Garcia

Part 4: Mixed Race and Major Figures

Chapter 9: Through a Glass, Darkly: A Mixed-Race Du Bois, by Celena Simpson

Chapter 10: German Chocolate: Why Philosophy is So Personal, by Timothy J. Golden

Part 5: Mixed Race Ethics

Chapter 11: Who is Afraid of Racial and Ethnic Self-Cleansing? In Defense of the Virtuous Cosmopolitan, by Jason D. Hill

Afterword, by Naomi Zack

Epilogue, by Tina Fernandes Botts (Top Photo: Wiki)


Few North American philosophers and an even smaller proportion of North Americans in general have thought deeply about the way society labels some people as ‘mixed race.’  This volume includes some of the seminal essays that established the issue as a genuinely philosophical topic and is supplemented by new essays where the contributors draw on their personal experience to illuminate it further.  Tina Botts’ collection brings the topic fully alive and makes it impossible to ignore.
Robert Bernasconi, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University

This is an exciting and very important new anthology.  The essays gathered here are rigorous and provocative efforts to philosophize about and from mixed-race experience.  Bringing together a variety of outstanding thinkers, this collection offers a diversity of approaches to a woefully under-explored theme.  It is a timely and sophisticated intervention into a challenging set of questions and issues.  Those interested in issues of race and racism broadly, but especially those interested in mixed-race identities and discourses, will find this text indispensable.
Michael Monahan, Marquette University

Tempted (if light enough) to pass as white, pressured (if their ancestry is known) to identify as black or brown or red, rejected (all too often) as neither, while denied (perversely) the right to claim both or all or no racial identities, mixed race people find themselves in multiple binds that destabilize conventional understandings of the relation between the individual and society.  Tina Botts’s path-breaking collection gives eleven mixed race philosophers the chance to speak their minds—and they do just that, with painful and illuminating candor, humor, a defiant determination not to have others tell them who and what they are, and an insistence that their distinct perspective on reality raises deep meta-philosophical questions about the protocols of the discipline.  This book should be welcomed not only by the growing number of Americans who claim mixed race identity, but by anyone too smugly certain about their own supposedly contrasting “unmixed” racial identity (which means almost everyone).
Charles Mills, John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, Northwestern University


Tina Fernandes Botts is Chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers[1] and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Oberlin College. Previously, she was a Fellow in Law and Philosophy & Lecturer in Philosophy and Legal Theory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;[2] and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Associate and Area Leader in Public Policy and Diversity at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[3] Botts is known for her work in legal hermeneutics,[4] intersectionality, and mixed race studies.[5]

Series: Philosophy of Race

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