Orientalism and America Enlarged

In Paul C. Taylor (ed.), The Philosophy of Race: Critical Concepts in Philosophy (2011)
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Recent work in philosophy of race involves Native American, Africana, and Latin American critiques of the sociohistorical specificity underlying allegedly universalist moral and political philosophy in the U.S. and the West generally. Joining the discussion, this essay explores American orientalism in terms of the imperialist expansion of the U.S. across the Pacific since the late 19th century. Toward this end, Hawai'i, Guam, and thereby the U.S. itself are conceptualized as geopolitical gestalts. No full story of the Rawlsian basic structure of 20th-century America will be complete without attention to the dynamics of U.S. imperialism in the Asia-Pacific.

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