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White Anti-Racism: No Hairshirt Necessary

Background Philosophy and Theory

I try to refrain from heavily theoretical and philosophy dense posts. Nonetheless, my philosophical stance guides my thoughts and writing. The following people and pieces are the main contributors to said stance:
Sandra Harding: Whose Science? Whose Knowledge? and Is Science Multicultural?: Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, Epistemologies

W.V.Quine and his “Two Dogmas of Empiricism

-Linda Martin Alcoff, Visible Identities. This book explains and affirms the political, social, ontological and phenomenological salience of the visible identities of race and gender.

-Maria Lugones, Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes. On arrogance and the process of empathizing.

Hegel’s The Phenomenology of the Spirit VERSUS Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil and On the Genealogy of Morals
The Hegelian analysis of the master/slave dichotomy grounds all strains of feminist thought which claim that the woman’s oppressed position gives her privileged epistemic access which the oppressor does not have. Nietzsche condemns the appreciation of the servile and self-sacrificing and applauds those with the drive to make their talent known and useful. These two philosophies are often seen as antithetical. However, I feel comfortable and contradication free internalizing them both. For me, Hegel’s ideas have epistemological value whereas Nietzsche’s ideas inform my attitude towards my life and how I negotiate or neglect to negotiate my actions and experience.

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