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Losing the race? Philosophy of race in U.K. philosophy departments

Chauhan, Vipin; Crowley, Thomas; Fisher, Andrew; McCabe, Helen; Williams, Helen

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Vipin Chauhan

Thomas Crowley

Professor of Philosophy University Senior Tutor

Professor of Political Science Education


Should philosophy of race be taught as part of a philosophy degree? This paper argues that it should. After surveying 1,166 modules on offer in 2019–2020, across forty-seven philosophy departments in the United Kingdom, however, the authors identified only one module devoted to philosophy of race. The paper presents this as a challenge to philosophy departments. It investigates one possible reason for this that concerns staff research interests; indeed, reading 728 staff research webpages the authors identified only twenty-three that listed philosophy of race as a research interest. Even though this might go some way to explaining the lack of modules, however, it can’t be the whole picture. The paper suggests some areas relating to the philosophy curriculum in the United Kingdom that need some consideration.


Chauhan, V., Crowley, T., Fisher, A., McCabe, H., & Williams, H. (2022). Losing the race? Philosophy of race in U.K. philosophy departments. Metaphilosophy, 53(1), 134-143.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 28, 2021
Online Publication Date Jan 15, 2022
Publication Date 2022-01
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 26, 2022
Journal Metaphilosophy
Print ISSN 0026-1068
Electronic ISSN 1467-9973
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 1
Pages 134-143
Keywords Philosophy
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