Towards a lived understanding of race and sex

Philosophy Today 49 (SPEP Supplement):82-88 (2005)
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Utilizing Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s work, I argue that the gestaltian framework’s co-determinacy of the theme and the horizon in seeing and experiencing the world serves as an encompassing epistemological framework with which to understand racism. Conclusions reached: as bias is unavoidably part of being in the world, defining racism as bias is superfluous; racism is sedimented into our very perceptions and experiences of the world and not solely a prejudice of thought; neutral perception of skin color is impossible. Phenomenology accounts for the dynamic changes in expressions of racism and the interconnections of both race and sex for women of color.
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