The Category of Moral Persons: On Race, Labor, and Alienation

In Edgar J. Valdez (ed.), Rethinking Kant (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
In this essay, I challenge Charles Mills’s use of the category of moral personhood for advancing a robust anti-racist political critique in nonideal circumstances. I argue that the idea of the moral equality of persons is necessary but insufficient for reparative justice. I enrich the normative basis of political critique to include: (1) a clarification of what the public recognition of moral personhood can legitimately entail as a requirement of justice enforceable by the state, especially with respect to economic reforms that advance equal opportunity and (2) a conception of non-alienated labor that assails identity-based occupational segregation in the labor market. These additional components do not exhaust the plausible bases for political critique, but enrich it in a way that the idea of moral equality alone cannot.
Categories
PhilPapers/Archive ID
BASWIA
Upload history
Archival date: 2021-08-19
View other versions
Added to PP index
2020-07-07

Total views
16 ( #63,707 of 63,998 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
16 ( #37,226 of 63,998 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.