Western philosophy is racist

Illustration detail of Zu Luo, one of China’s 24 paragons of filial piety and a disciple of Confucius. Private collection.Photo by Corbis /Getty Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change Bryan W Van Norden is professor of philosophy at Vassar College in New York, and a guest professor at Wuhan University in China. His latest book is Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto(2017), with a foreword by Jay L Garfield.  Mainstream philosophy in the so-called West is narrow-minded, unimaginative, and even xenophobic. I know I am levelling a serious charge. … Continue reading Western philosophy is racist

Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction?

ILLUSTRATION BY FRANCESCO IZZO What computers teach us about getting along. BY SIMON DEDEO From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. We were not scholars of race, or war. We were interested in the emergence of primitive cooperation. So we built machines that lived in an imaginary society, and made them play a game with each other—one known to engender complex social behavior just as surely as a mushy banana makes fruit flies. The game is called Prisoner’s Dilemma. … Continue reading Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction?

The scalp from Sand Creek

 A rare eye-witness depiction of the Sand Creek attack by the Cheyenne warrior-artist Howling Wolf. Photo courtesy Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio. Gift of Mrs. Jacob D. Cox, 1904. Even after museums return human remains pillaged from a massacre in 1864, can repatriation heal the wounds of history? by Chip Colwell is editor-in-chief of SAPIENS and curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. His latest book is Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture (2017). He lives in Denver, Colorado. On the morning of 29 November 1864, nearly 700 … Continue reading The scalp from Sand Creek

What Both the Left and Right Get Wrong About Race

CONTRARY TO APPEARANCE: The genetic distance between some groups in Africa, such as the Fulani of West Africa (above) and the Hazda of Tanzania, is greater than supposedly racially divergent groups such as East Asians and Europeans.Raquel Maria Carbonell Pagola / Contributor / Getty Images Setting the scientific record straight on race, IQ, and success. BY DALTON CONLEY & JASON FLETCHER Race does not stand up scientifically, period. To begin with, if race categories were meant primarily to capture differences in genetics, they are doing an abysmal job. The genetic distance between some groups within Africa is as great as … Continue reading What Both the Left and Right Get Wrong About Race

Magazine Headline: ‘You Don’t Have To Be Racist To Be Racist’

BY TOM KNIGHTON There may be no limit to the all the ways Social Justice Warriors think human beings suck. I’ve long hoped we would eventually reach Peak SJW, a point beyond parody when even SJWs can’t take themselves seriously anymore, but now I’m not sure such a thing is possible. For example, here’s an article from Affinity Magazine titled “You Don’t Have To Be Racist To Be Racist.” Yeah, let’s let that stew just a bit: Whether you experience it or not, the issue of racism is still very prevalent in a diversified country like America. And whether you believe it or not, … Continue reading Magazine Headline: ‘You Don’t Have To Be Racist To Be Racist’

Caste lives on, and on

image edited by Web Investigator Indian society deludes itself that caste discrimination is a thing of the past, yet it suffuses the nation, top to bottom by Prayaag Akbar is a writer and journalist. He is the former deputy editor of Scroll.in, and his first novel Leila (2017) is out in India. He lives in Mumbai.  In October 2016, a young man walked into a flour mill in Uttarakhand, a state of northern India where the mist-wrapped mountains of the outer Himalayas begin. He was Dalit (Sanskrit for broken, scattered, downtrodden), a relatively recent collective identity claimed by communities across the nation … Continue reading Caste lives on, and on

A much-maligned Mughal

Prince Aurangzeb, 1653-1655, gouache with gold on paper. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford The great king Aurangzeb is among the most hated men in Indian history. A historian claims he’s been unjustly demonised Audrey Truschke is assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University, Newark. Her first book, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court, was published by Columbia University Press in 2016. Her latest book is Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India’s Most Controversial King ( Stanford University Press 2017).  Aurangzeb Alamgir, the sixth ruler of the Mughal Empire, is the most hated king in … Continue reading A much-maligned Mughal