Philosophers on Diversity: Robert Gooding-Williams, Columbia University

April 28th, 2017 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106

Please join the Philosophy Department for the First Annual Philosophy on Diversity lecture: Ideology, Social Practices, and Race presented by Robert Gooding-Williams, the M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University.

The lecture is open to the public and will be held from 3:30 to 5:30PM on April 28th in Room 106, Smith-Buonanno Hall, at 95 Cushing Street.  A reception will follow immediately after the lecture.


In this paper, I explore the topic of racial subordination in the perspective of recent philosophical debates about the nature of ideology. A key issue around which these debates pivot is whether ideologies are best understood first and foremost as sets of beliefs or, alternatively, as components of social practices. With an eye to some of the issues raised by the "Black Lives Matter" social movement, I argue that racial ideology, specifically, can be usefully conceptualized as a component of social practices. 

You can view the poster here.


This Philosophers on Diversity lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, with the support of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and the Department of Africana Studies.