Race, Luck, and the Moral Emotions

Authored by: Samantha Vice

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Race

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415711234
eBook ISBN: 9781315884424
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However we understand “race”, our own racial classification has a deep connection to our identity and character, and to our prospects and success in the world. How should we think about this aspect of ourselves? Even if we repudiate racial classifications for the damage they have done or hope for a non-racial future, we are racially classified now whether we like it or not. Race might not be biologically real but it is socially real for all that. This chapter explores whether there are better and worse ways—more or less virtuous ways—of responding to our racial identity.

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