Theory of Racelessness: A Case for Antirace(ism) (African American Philosophy and the African Diaspora) (Hardcover)

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This book presents a skeptical eliminativist philosophy of race and the theory of racelessness, a methodological and pedagogical framework for analyzing race and racism. It explores the history of skeptical eliminativism and constructionist eliminativism within the history of African American philosophy and literary studies and its consistent connection with movements for civil rights. Sheena M. Mason considers how current anti-racist efforts reflect naturalist conservationist and constructionist reconstructionist philosophies of race that prevent more people from fully confronting the problem of racism, not race, thereby enabling racism to persist. She then offers a three-part solution for how scholars and people aspiring toward anti-racism can avoid unintentionally upholding racism, using literary studies as a case study to show how race often translates into racism itself. The theory of racelessness helps more people undo racism by undoing the belief in race.

About the Author


Sheena Michele Mason earned her Ph.D. in English literature from Howard University. In August 2021, she joined the faculty at SUNY Oneonta as an Assistant Professor in English. She co-founded Theory of Racelessness, an educational consulting firm that helps people use alternative philosophies of race and her theory to achieve truly anti-racist outcomes.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783030999438
ISBN-10: 3030999432
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: July 12th, 2022
Pages: 229
Language: English
Series: African American Philosophy and the African Diaspora