In Black and White: A Hermeneutic Argument against "Transracialism"

Res Philosophica 95 (2):303-329 (2018)

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Tina Fernandes Botts
California State University, Fresno
Abstract
Transracialism, defined as both experiencing oneself as, and being, a race other than the race assigned to one by society, does not exist. Translated into hermeneutics, transracialism is an unintelligible phenomenon in the specific sociocultural context of the United States in the early twenty-first century. Within this context, race is a function of ancestry, and is therefore defined in terms of something that is external to the self and unchangeable. Since transracialism does not exist, the question of whether transracialism would be ethically advisable if it did exist is inapposite. Nonetheless, at a minimum we can say that racial transition is possible, but is very likely unethical, since it is the same as racial passing.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy
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ISBN(s) 2168-9105
DOI 10.5840/resphilosophica201895282
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