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This book's original purpose (clear, well-organized introductory readings on philosophical issues about race) would be well served if anyone would write and submit (and publish) more writings and presentations on philosophy of race either at 1000 Word Philosophy, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and/or WiPhi, at least! (I have no official connections to most of these webpages; here I merely suggest that authors consider developing materials on philosophy of race for them).

Here are some topics:
  • A general overview of philosophy of race
  • What are races? 
    • Different theories on what races are (biological theories, social theories, etc.).
    • Mixed race: if races can be 'mixed', this seems to say something about what they are.
  • Eliminativism or conservationism about race.
  • Something on whiteness or white privilege.
  • Racism: what is racism? Different theories on the nature of racism. 
    • Why is racism wrong? 
    • Is there any kind of racial preferences that are not wrong?
  • Reparations. 
  • Much, much more! 


Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness
The following resources provide information about diversity and inclusiveness within philosophy as well as strategies and best practices for improving the climate in the field for women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups. If you have a resource you would like to see added to this list, please send us your suggestion.
The APA's board of officers recently created a task force on diversity and inclusion, chaired by Elizabeth Anderson. The task force welcomes suggestions from members of the association and the profession.

Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness

APA Diversity and Inclusiveness Syllabus Collection

The Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession has launched a collection of syllabi related to diversity and inclusiveness. The syllabi are now available and may be used as a resource for those teaching philosophy to create more diverse and inclusive courses.

APA Membership Demographics

For a number of years, there have been calls for the APA to improve and increase its tracking of member demographics. We are very pleased to now be able to provide this kind of information to and about our membership. Though, for this first year of reporting, the information provided is somewhat limited, we plan to expand and increase the data reported in future years. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improvements to our collection and reporting of demographic data. Suggestions may be emailed to

Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy

There are a number of undergraduate diversity institutes supporting and encouraging students from underrepresented groups—such as people of color, women, LGBT+ people, people with disabilities, and people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—studying philosophy. These institutes help introduce undergraduates to philosophy as a career and help prepare them for graduate school.

Cancelling Book Project


On 2/27/16, I sent out emails to contributors saying that, for a variety of reasons, and with a heavy heart, I am stopping work on this book project.

I do hope to find another way to address the motivating goals for this project at a later date.

Thanks to all for their support!

This page will remain a source for philosophical materials concerning race.

- Nathan Nobis

Textbook / Anthology Review

I have a project reviewing introductory philosophy and ethics anthologies for race-related content. Please see here and contact me if you'd like to contribute!

A goal here it to identify content that should, in some form, be part of this book.

2nd Call for Abstracts

2nd Call for Abstracts for Philosophy of Race: Introductory Readings
Due by July 15, 2014

A first call for abstracts yielded these abstract/outline submissions presented below in this draft table of contents. A second call for abstracts is now open, until July 15th, for contributors who would like to submit further abstracts & outlines for consideration. These submissions can be new issues and topics or augment, extend, contrast with or challenge or contrast with these submissions below. Abstract(s) should be sent to  Please see below for more information about the nature and plans for this collection of readings.

First Call for Abstracts

First Call for Abstracts, Due by June 1, 2014 (note extension!)

Interest in Philosophy of Race is growing. This collection of readings will celebrate and contribute to that growth.

Some philosophical questions about race are metaphysical or ontological, or existential:
Do races exist? If so, what are they? What does their existence depend on? What determines what racial category or categories an individual is a member of? How might race relate to biology, appearance, social facts, history and other categories and characteristics? What is it like to be of a particular race, and of mixed race? How does race affect our conscious experiences? How does race affect our unconscious assumptions? 
Other questions, related to the metaphysical questions, are ethical, social and political:
What is the nature of racism and racial prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes? Why are these wrong? Can racial preference, of any kind, be justified? Is racial solidarity, or racial pride, justified? Can affirmative action, or quotas, be justified? If a racial group has been harmed, what should be done to address that harm? Are racially-oriented hate speech and hate crimes uniquely wrong, and deserving of special punishment? Can racial profiling be justified? 
These are just a few questions in philosophy of race: there are many, many more, including how race relates to philosophical theorizing and the experiences of philosophers as persons and professionals. For more topics, see the list below from PhilPapers*:

While there is much scholarship in these areas, this collection seeks to intentionally bring the issues and arguments of that scholarship to readers with little philosophical background, such as students and general interest readers, as well as scholars new to the field. Diverse submissions, representing a plurality of theoretical, practical and lived perspectives, are sought for this collection.

Submissions must be new, but can be developments of, or reflections on, prior work: e.g., authors might submit an essay that explains a previous argument or inquiry and offers subsequent thoughts, to encourage readers to pursue that earlier work. Final submissions should each be about 2000-5000 words, or longer if necessary, and written in any manner appropriate for a general audience, either as a traditional philosophical essay or an essay infused with personal narrative.

Abstract(s), ideally consisting of an introduction and an outline of the essay, are due by May 1, 2014, sent to and Early submissions are encouraged: multiple abstract submissions are allowed. Accepted authors will be notified soon after that deadline; rough drafts will be due at the end of summer; final drafts due early fall.

Please contact Nathan Nobis, Department of Philosophy and Religion, at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA USA, with questions and suggestions:; 404-825-1740

The list from PhilPapers (used with their permission) provides more topics in Philosophy of Race:

Affirmative Action* (100 | 96)