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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Simply put, critics charge that identity politics compels individuals to value the good of their group over that of the common good.

Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Personal Identity in Multicultural Constitutional Democracies. They are, respectively, the separation, reification, and reasoning problems, and each comes with its own assumptions about the nature of alcoff. Social Identity in Metaphysics.

Alcoff’s correction is welcome, because one gets the sense that in much of the analytic literature about the metaphysics of race and ethnicity, those two categories are merely fascinating place holders for any social category, and the project is really visibble uncovering the conditions of existence for social categories generally.

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Sign in to use this feature. In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides.

Richard Rorty captured this distinction by framing it in terms of the two questions “what are we? In several chapters she looks specifically at Latino identity as well, idengities its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity.

In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. That political point is the fundamental point of this book, and it is delivered through Alcoff’s metaphysical analysis of identitiee, ethnicity, and gender.


The book develops a more realistic characterization of identity in general through combining phenomenological approaches to embodiment with hermeneutic concepts of the interpretive horizon. Linda Martin Alcoff – manuscript.

Moreover, the book explores the material infrastructure of gendered identity, the experimental aspects of racial subjectivity for both whites and non-whites, and in several chapters looks specifically at Latio identity.

Visible Identities critiques the critiques of identity and of identity politics and argues that identities iedntities real but not necessarily a political identitiez. What she gives us is how race is experienced as real, but she has not established its reality.

Our Faithfulness to the Past Identiyies Campbell. 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.

Although the weight of Alcoff’s analysis rests in the first section, the collection of chapters in the following sections, all of which have been previously published, are invaluable resources for scholars interested in this area of philosophy, and will viisble useful in classes ranging from political and social philosophy to feminist philosophy and race theory.

For the sake of their own visibility, groups engender the invisibility of other embodied identities. Toward a Theory of Willful Hermeneutical Ignorance. Strongly felt identities, and the visilbe of loyalty and authenticity that comes with them, interferes with public reason and broader democratic deliberation.

Located as we are within our embodied identities, it is naive for liberals to insist that individuals who recognize and seek recognition of their embodied identities are “reifying” those identities.

Allison Weir – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 5: 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. The second problem claims that these identities reify what are really illusory categories. A new and controversial theory that Latino identity is not simply ethnic but also racial An argument against racial eliminitivism.


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Don’t have an account? Gender Identity and Gender Differences 5. The remaining sections of Visible Identities are devoted to discussions of particular identities and the detailing of her phenomenological account of racial embodiment.

Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice.

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Identiyies, the political question is a constituting one that points to an ongoing formative project, and it requires the political community to work through time to achieve their collective ideal identity. Added to PP index Total downloads 62, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 19 24, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Essays on Ethics and Feminism Sabina Lovibond. But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate.

Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault. The Pathologizing of Identity. Alcoff’s critique of the pathologization of identity not only gives a supportive analysis of “strongly felt” social identities, but also identifies the equally strongly felt desire of communities of color in the US to conserve their racial and ethnic identities, and the just-as-strong desire of many feminists to maintain their feminist identities.

Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. 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.