Charles Mills on Deracializing Liberalism

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Sam Fleischacker


This collection of Charles Mills’ writings includes his famous “White Ignorance” and “Kant’s Untermenschen,” along with his most extensive engagement with the writings of John Rawls. Fleischacker’s review endorses and expands Mills’ critique of what Rawls calls “ideal theory,” while disputing Mills’ characterization of Kant’s moral theory as intrinsically racist. It proposes a different way of understanding how Kant and other philosophers have been able to maintain egalitarian principles while still being racist.

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Fleischacker, S. (2020). Charles Mills on Deracializing Liberalism. Journal of World Philosophies, 5(1), 259–265. Retrieved from
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Sam Fleischacker, University of Illinois

Samuel Fleischacker works in moral and political philosophy, the history of moral and philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. His publications include The Ethics of Culture (Cornell, 1994), On Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion (Princeton, 2003), A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011), Kant’s Questions: What Is Enlightenment? (Routledge, 2012), and The Good and the Good Book (Oxford, 2015). Professor Fleischacker has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (USA), the University Center for Human Values at Princeton (USA), and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at Edinburgh University (UK). He taught previously at Williams College (USA).