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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visuble Alcoff effectively argues that any analysis of the ontology of race, ethnicity, or gender will necessarily be incomplete without seriously considering the embodied experience of beings marked by those categories. Furthermore, not only do our bodies affect our experience of the world but our bodies, as marked by race and gender, also enter into the experience of others.

Richard Rorty captured this distinction by framing it in terms of the two questions “what are we? End Matter Bibliography Index.

Visible Identities

Answers to the “who” question are always hopeful, for they point to not what we are but who we hope to be. Bibliographic Information Print publication date: Alcoff would disagree with identoties completeness of the distinction that Rorty drew.

University Press Scholarship Online. History of Western Philosophy. Toward a Theory of Willful Hermeneutical Ignorance. Putting her political arguments aside, this is one of Alcoff’s most important contributions to race theory. Feminist Edges of the Qur’an Aysha A. Coe – – Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 3: Alcoff’s introduction of embodiment then reminds us of the specificity of the experience of each category, and the need to account for that specificity in our theories of race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Since our identities so strongly affect our interaction with the world, they cannot be so easily transcended in the way that liberals typically demand. But identities such as race and David Ingram – – Constellations 18 1: The desire of those communities to conserve their identities presents a challenge to those liberals who want to shift the national discussion to unity and the common good. The first is straightforward, and concerns the worry that any “strongly felt” ethnic, racial, or cultural identity harms or prevents needed national cohesion.

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Visible Identities – Linda Martín Alcoff – Oxford University Press

Of course, the familiarity of the latter idea is due in no small part to the influence visile her essay “Mestizo Identity” has had on race theory. Added to PP index Total downloads 62, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 19 24, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? This feature of her account is developed in her discussion of mixed race and mestizo identity.

Ebook This title is available as an ebook. They are the visiboe from which we come to know, understand, and reason about the world. From sociological to analytic philosophical investigations about race, objectivist analyses have dominated, and have all been concerned with the social structures identitis 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.


It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. This problem is also apparent in her discussion of the black-white binary.


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.

Her metaphysical arguments, however, will not satisfy the political worries of the liberal critics of identity. However, Alcoff does not seek to replace objectivist accounts of social identities with one based on hermeneutics and phenomenology; rather, she thinks that they are consistent and can be fruitfully paired. That assumption reveals why Alcoff must turn to metaphysical analysis and what she must overcome: Alcoff commences her project by reviewing the claims of liberals, political commentators and academics who espouse the hope of a unified American identity.

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