Philosophy Today 61 (3):737-755 (2017)

John Harfouch
University of Alabama, Huntsville
I claim that a genealogy of the philological racism known as ‘orientalism’ should include Leibniz as a founding figure. This argument is framed and motivated by recent publications that seek to exclude Leibniz from the history of race and racism by arguing that he insists on a linguistic, rather than ‘racial,’ schematic of human diversity. A survey of nineteenth-century race theory reveals that this distinction is not only specious, but these recent defenses only further implicate Leibniz in the linguistic tradition that is orientalist racism.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  Continental Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/philtoday20171010179
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