Linda Martín Alcoff’s book, Visible Identities, offers a conception of social identities that collects together her work on the metaphysics. Alcoff, Linda. Visible identities:race, gender, and the self/Linda Martın Alcoff. p. cm.—(Studies in feminist philosophy). Includes bibliographical references and. PDF | On Mar 1, , David Ingram and others published Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.

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Classical, Early, and Identiities Prose and Writers: Since our identities so strongly affect our interaction with the world, they cannot be so easily transcended in the way that liberals typically demand. Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Subscriber Login Email Address.

The book develops a more realistic characterization of identity in general through combining phenomenological approaches to embodiment with hermeneutic concepts of the interpretive horizon. In identoties, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form bureaucracies.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Alcoff responds to these problems and reveals the flaws in their related assumptions by drawing on an array of continental philosophy, hermeneutics, phenomenology, race and gender theory, and feminist epistemology to develop her own theory of identity. Tamar Gendler – – Alciff Studies 1: From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom viible use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Visible Identities offers a careful analysis of the political and philosophical worries about identity and argues that these worries are neither supported by the empirical data nor grounded in realistic understandings of what identities are.


The idea of visibility has a unifying role in Alcoff’s metaphysical and epistemological account of those social identities. Disorientation and Moral Life Ami Harbin. Alcoff would disagree with the completeness of the distinction that Rorty drew. Likewise, visible is what social identities should be in Alcoff’s vision of political life. Other features of Alcoff’s account of social identities are familiar ideas in debates about the metaphysics of social identities.

She attempts such a pairing in her sixth chapter, where she defends the controversial theory that the “objective basis of sex categories is in the differential relationship to reproductive capacity between men and women Toward a Theory of Willful Hermeneutical Ignorance.

Refresh and try again. Alcoff’s critique of the pathologization of identity not only gives a supportive analysis of “strongly felt” social identities, but also identifies the equally strongly felt desire of communities of color in the US to conserve their racial and ethnic identities, and the just-as-strong desire of many feminists to maintain their feminist identities.

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Sign in to use this feature. She argues in Visible Identities that “what” we are, as well as “where” we are — in terms of our social location — has political implications, although not the deterministic implications that racial nationalists would desire. Racialized Identities and Racist Subjects 7.

No keywords specified fix it. Melissa alcfof it liked it Dec 17, Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation.

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Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Martín Alcoff

Within that chapter — which is especially pertinent in the context of our present national discussions of immigration and conflicts between African Americans and Latinos — she criticizes the unjustified focus on black and white concerns and perspectives in national discussions of race.

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Secondly, for Alcoff, the identities of race and gender are embodied and visible to the world. Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Alcoff has called limda greater inclusion of historically under represented groups in philosophy and notes that philosophers from these groups have created new fields of inquiry, including feminist philosophy, critical race theory, irentities LGBTQ philosophy.

The four chapters that make up that section are expanded versions of recent work, and take up the bulk of Visible Identities. Martin Alcoff develops a more realistic characterization of identity in general through combining phenomenological kinda to embodiment with hermeneutic concepts of the interpretive horizon.

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