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Yes, But Not QuiteEncountering Josiah Royce's Ethico-Religious Insight$
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Dwayne A. Tunstall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230549

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230549.001.0001

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Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

(p.131) Closing Remarks
Yes, But Not Quite

Dwayne A. Tunstall

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This chapter concludes this book by briefly exploring the possibility that Royce's progressive racial anti-essentialism is, in fact, a form of cultural, anti-black racism and wonders if this taints his ethico-religious insight. The chapter argues that Royce seems to have espoused racism against black persons based not on inherent biological inferiority, but on cultural and intellectual inferiority. His example of how the English colonizers of Jamaica introduced “civilization”, in the form of bureaucratic administration and technocratic order, to the people of African descent residing there is an example of the sort of racism common in contemporary America. Royce's association of Jamaican blacks with culturally inferior persons can be understood as an early example of what some social scientists call laissez-faire racism.

Keywords:   racism, cultural inferiority, technocratic order, intellectual inferiority, Jamaican blacks

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