Must there be an empirical basis for the theorization of racialized subjects in race-gender theory

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This article argues that non-ideal theory fails to deliver on its promise of providing a more accurate account of the real world by which philosophers can address problems of racism, sexual violence, and poverty. Because non-ideal theory relies on abstractions of groups which are idealized as causes for social phenomena, non-idealists imagine that categories like race or gender predict how groups behave in the real world. This article maintains that non-idealist abstractions often result in inaccuracy and makes the case that empirically informed theories and group-based analyses are needed to correct the course of race-gender theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21–44
JournalProceedings of the Aristotelian Society
Volume121
Issue number1
Early online date12 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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