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The Creolizing SubjectRace, Reason, and the Politics of Purity$
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Michael J. Monahan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234493

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234493.001.0001

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Creolizing Subjects: Antiracism and the Future of Philosophy

Creolizing Subjects: Antiracism and the Future of Philosophy

(p.183) 6 Creolizing Subjects: Antiracism and the Future of Philosophy
The Creolizing Subject

Michael J. Monahan

Fordham University Press

The politics of purity is to be understood as informing both the ontology of race itself and the practice of racial oppression (racism), emphasizing the way in which these two moments are constitutively interrelated and interdependent. If this project is motivated by a desire to confront and address the problem of racial oppression, then it is necessary at this point to offer an account of anti-racist praxis — of liberation and racial justice. The politics of purity constrains our thinking about anti-racism and liberation in several ways. For example, the politics of purity demands that racial categories be exclusive and distinct, and that individuals belong to one and only one such category. In addition, the positivistic foundation underlying the politics of purity construes racism as the ongoing practice of the purification of reason and thus humanity. This chapter offers an account of the creolizing subject and the creolization of philosophy.

Keywords:   politics of purity, race, racism, anti-racism, liberation, philosophy, creolization, reason, humanity, racial justice

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