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  1. Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2006 - New York, US: Oup Usa.
    Visible Identities critiques the critiques of identity and of identity politics and argues that identities are real but not necessarily a political problem. Moreover, the book explores the material infrastructure of gendered identity, the experimental aspects of racial subjectivity for both whites and non-whites, and in several chapters looks specifically at Latio identity.
  2. Epistemologies of ignorance: Three types.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2007 - In Shannon Sullivan Nancy Tuana (ed.), Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance.
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    Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race in America.George Yancy & Linda Martin Alcoff - 2016 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    Drawing from the lives of Ossie Davis, Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, and W. E. B. Du Bois, as well as his own experience, and fully updated to account for what has transpired since the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, Yancy provides an invaluable resource for students and teachers of courses in African American Studies, African American History, Philosophy of Race, and anyone else who wishes to examine what it means to be Black in America.
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  4. Epistemic Identities.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2010 - Episteme 7 (2):128-137.
    This paper explores the significant strengths of Fricker's account, and then develops the following questions. Can volitional epistemic practice correct for non-volitional prejudices? How can we address the structural causes of credibility-deflation? Are the motivations behind identity prejudice mostly other-directed or self-directed? And does Fricker aim for neutrality vis-à-vis identity, in which case her account conflicts with standpoint theory?
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    The roots (and routes) of the epistemology of ignorance.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2024 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 27 (1):9-28.
    This paper elaborates on the idea of the epistemology of ignorance developed in Charles Mills’s work beginning in the 1980s and continuing throughout his writings. I I argue that his account developed initially from experiences of racism in north America as well as certain methods of organizing within parts of the Caribbean left. Essentially the epistemic practice of ignorance causes knowers to discredit or push away knowledge they in fact have. But this gives us cause for hope, for restoring existing (...)
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  6. Towards a phenomenology of racial embodiment.Linda Martín Alcoff - 1999 - Radical Philosophy 95:15-26.
  7. On Judging Epistemic Credibility: Is Social Identity Relevant?Linda Martin Alcoff - 1999 - Philosophic Exchange 29 (1).
    On what basis should we make an epistemic assessment of another’s authority to impart knowledge? Is social identity a legitimate feature to take into account when assessing epistemic reliability? This paper argues that, in some cases, social identity is a relevant feature to take into account in assessing a person’s credibility.
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  8. What Should White People Do?Linda Martín Alcoff - 1998 - Hypatia 13 (3):6 - 26.
    In this paper I explore white attempts to move toward a proactive position against racism that will amount to more than self-criticism in the following three ways: by assessing the debate within feminism over white women's relation to whiteness; by exploring "white awareness training" methods developed by Judith Katz and the "race traitor" politics developed by Ignatiev and Garvey, and; a case study of white revisionism being currently attempted at the University of Mississippi.
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    The Persistent Power of Cultural Racism.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2023 - Philosophy 98 (3):249-271.
    Abstract‘Cultural racism’ is central to understanding racism today yet has receded into the background behind the focus on attitudinal racism. Even the turn to structural racism is largely circumscribed to inclusion without substantive challenge to existing processes or profit margins. When portions of the racist public are targeted, it is often the least elite members of society. Without question, the concept of cultural racism requires some clarification, but it will help bring the continued influence of colonialism forward and reveal the (...)
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    Is conferralism descriptively adequate?Linda Martín Alcoff - 2022 - European Journal of Philosophy 31 (1):289-296.
    This paper will develop a set of concerns about a central feature of Ásta's account of social categories that she calls “conferralism.” I argue that generalist approaches to social categories such as Ásta provides are inadequate as a way of understanding the diverse formations of diverse categories, and that conferralism overemphasizes the power of top-down forces (what she calls “persons with standing”) to confer social identities. This approach then underplays the horizontal and bottom-up influences on category formation as well as (...)
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  11. On Judging Epistemic Credibility: Is Social Identity Relevant?Linda Martin Alcoff - 2000 - In Naomi Zack (ed.), Women of Color and Philosophy: A Critical Reader. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 235-262.
  12. Who's afraid of identity politics?Linda Martin Alcoff - manuscript
    This volume is an act of talking back, of talking heresy. To reclaim the term “realism,” to maintain the epistemic significance of identity, to defend any version of identity politics today is to swim upstream of strong academic currents in feminist theory, literary theory, and cultural studies. It is to risk, even to invite, a dismissal as naive, uninformed, theoretically unsophisticated. And it is a risk taken here by people already at risk in the academy, already assumed more often than (...)
     
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  13. Philosophy and Racial Identity.Linda Martín Alcoff - 1997 - Philosophy Today 41 (1):67-76.
  14. Is the Feminist Critique of Reason Rational?Linda Martín Alcoff - 1995 - Philosophical Topics 23 (2):1-26.
  15. Introduction: Defining Feminist Philosophy.Linda Martín Alcoff & Eva Feder Kittay - 2007 - In Linda Martín Alcoff & Eva Feder Kittay (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. pp. 1–13.
    This chapter contains section titled: Gender in Canonical Philosophical Writings The Emergence of Contemporary Feminist Philosophy Reflexive Critique within Philosophy Refl exive Critique within Feminist Philosophy Feminist Philosophy as a Research Program Feminist Philosophy as Transformative Notes.
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    The Blackwell guide to feminist philosophy.Linda MartíN Alcoff (ed.) - 2007 - Oxford: Blackwell.
    The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy is a definitive introduction to the field, consisting of 15 newly-contributed essays that apply philosophical methods and approaches to feminist concerns. Offers a key view of the project of centering women’s experience. Includes topics such as feminism and pragmatism, lesbian philosophy, feminist epistemology, and women in the history of philosophy.
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    Constructing the Nation: A Race and Nationalism Reader.Mariana Ortega & Linda Martín Alcoff (eds.) - 2009 - SUNY Press.
    What is the norm of Americanness today, how has it changed, and how pluralistic is it in reality? from the Introduction In this volume philosophers and social ...
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    Discourses of Sexual Violence in a Global Framework.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2009 - Philosophical Topics 37 (2):123-139.
    In this paper I make a preliminary analysis of Western (or global North) discourses on sexual violence, focusing on the important concepts of “consent” and “victim.” The concept of “consent” is widely used to determine whether sexual violence has occurred, and it is the focal point of debates over the legitimacy of statutory offenses and over the way we characterize sex work done under conditions involving economic desperation. The concept of “victim” is shunned by many feminists and nonfeminists alike for (...)
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  19. “Merleau-Ponty and Feminist Theory on Experience.”.Linda Martin Alcoff - 2000 - In Fred Evans Leonard Lawlor (ed.), Chiasm, Merleau-Ponty's Notion of Flesh.
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    Habits of Hostility.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2000 - Philosophy Today 44 (Supplement):30-40.
  21. Latino vs. hispanic: The politics of ethnic names.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2005 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 31 (4):395-407.
    The politics of ethnic names, such as ‘Latino’ and ‘Hispanic’, raises legitimate issues for three reasons: because non-political considerations of descriptive adequacy are insufficient to determine absolutely the question of names; political considerations may be germane to an ethnic name’s descriptive adequacy; and naming opens up the political question of a chosen furture, to which we are accountable. The history of colonial and neo-colonial conditions structuring the relations of the North, Central and South Americas is both critical in understanding the (...)
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    Does the Public Intellectual Have Intellectual Integrity?Linda Martín Alcoff - 2002 - Metaphilosophy 33 (5):521-534.
    This article is concerned with the devaluation of the work of public intellectuals within the academic community. The principal reason given for this devaluation is that the work of the public intellectual does not have intellectual integrity as independent thought and original scholarship. I develop three models of public intellectual work: the permanent–critic model, the popularizer model, and the public–theorist model. I then consider each model in relation to the concern with intellectual integrity and conclude that both independent thought and (...)
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  23. Latinos beyond the Binary.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2009 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 47 (S1):112-128.
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    Latino vs. Hispanic.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2005 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 31 (4):395-407.
    The politics of ethnic names, such as ‘Latino’ and ‘Hispanic’, raises legitimate issues for three reasons: because non-political considerations of descriptive adequacy are insufficient to determine absolutely the question of names; political considerations may be germane to an ethnic name’s descriptive adequacy; and naming opens up the political question of a chosen furture, to which we are accountable. The history of colonial and neo-colonial conditions structuring the relations of the North, Central and South Americas is both critical in understanding the (...)
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    Habits of Hostility.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2000 - Philosophy Today 44 (Supplement):30-40.
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    Response.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2020 - Philosophical Studies 177 (2):311-320.
    In this response to the comments on my book, Rape and Resistance: Understanding the Complexities of Sexual Violation, I offer a futher elaboration of the crucial concept of sexual subjectivity put forward as a way to approach the normative evaluation of sexual practices. This concept makes possible a healthy pluralism without retreating to a facile libertarian view that would render consent sufficient to determine morally unproblematic sex. The concept of sexual subjectivity sanctions experimentation in our sexual lives and the question (...)
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  27. Comparative race, comparative racisms (2007).Linda Martin Alcoff - manuscript
  28. The metaphysics of gender and sexual difference.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2005 - In Barbara S. Andrew, Jean Clare Keller & Lisa H. Schwartzman (eds.), Feminist Interventions in Ethics and Politics: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    “It is certainly true, as nominalists have been concerned to acknowledge, that judgements about kinds are determined in part by human interests, projects, and practices. But the possibility that human interests, projects, and practices sometimes develop as they do because the real (physical or social) world is as it is suggests that this sort of dependence is not by itself an argument against essentialism.”.
     
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  29. Sotomayor's reasoning.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2010 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 48 (1):122-138.
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor was vilified for arguing that one's social identity can contribute positively to judgment or public reason. This paper considers and expands on Sotomayor's arguments, showing that identity is relevant to snap judgments and to sensation transference that affects how speakers are assessed. It further develops a hermeneutic account of identity that can make sense of its epistemic relevance without foreclosing individual variation.
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    Adorno’s Dialectical Realism.Linda Martín Alcoff & Alireza Shomali - 2010 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 14 (2):45-65.
    The idea that Adorno should be read as a “realist” of any sort may indeed sound odd. And unpacking from Adorno’s elusive prose a credible and useful normative reconstruction of epistemology and metaphysics will take some work. But we argue that he should be added to the growing group of epistemologists and metaphysicians who have been developing post-positivist versions of realism such as contextual, internal, pragmatic and critical realisms. These latter realisms, however, while helpfully showing how realism can coexist with (...)
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  31. Introduction.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2003 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (1):53-55.
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    Philosophie und Race als Identität.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2019 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 67 (4):589-603.
    In her article, Alcoff argues for the need to examine the reality of race philosophically. According to Alcoff, liberal notions of universality as well as the postmodern critique of essentialism make it difficult to address race and its ongoing significance in social life. By engaging with authors like Charles W. Mills and Paul Gilroy, Alcoff aims to show that it is possible to develop an account of race as social and historical reality without essentializing the category of race.
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  33. Latino/as, asian americans, and the black–white binary.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2003 - The Journal of Ethics 7 (1):5-27.
    This paper aims to contribute toward coalitionbuilding by showing that, even if we try tobuild coalition around what might look like ourmost obvious common concern – reducing racism –the dominant discourse of racial politics inthe United States inhibits an understanding ofhow racism operates vis-à-vis Latino/as andAsian Americans, and thus proves more of anobstacle to coalition building than an aid. Theblack/white paradigm, which operates to governracial classifications and racial politics inthe U.S., takes race in the U.S. to consist ofonly two racial (...)
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    Fraser on Redistribution, Recognition, and Identity.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2007 - European Journal of Political Theory 6 (3):255-265.
    This article analyzes Nancy Fraser's account of the contrasting social movements for recognition versus those for redistribution. In her most recent analysis, only those forms of recognition struggles that she equates with identity politics are subject to critique. I argue that identity politics does not have an inevitable logic to it that destines it to fracture, border patrol, internal conservatism, etc., and further that the very redistribution claims she proposes require identity politics.
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    Fraser on Redistribution, Recognition, and Identity.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2007 - European Journal of Political Theory 6 (3):255-265.
    This paper provides a critique of Nancy Fraser's theory of recognition and account of identity and redistribution.
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    Feminism, Speaking for Others, and the Role of the Philosopher.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2016 - Stance 9:85-105.
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    Real knowing : A response to my critics.Linda Martin Alcoff - 1998 - Social Epistemology 12 (3):289 – 305.
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  38. Editors' Farewell Introduction.Alison Wylie, Linda Martín Alcoff, Ann E. Cudd & Sharyn Clough - 2013 - Hypatia 28 (4):695-697.
  39. Latinos and the categories of race.Linda Martin Alcoff - manuscript
    Apparently, Latinos are “taking over.” 1 With news that Latinos have become the largest minority group in the United States, the public airwaves are filled with concerned voices about the impact that a non-English dominant, Catholic, non-white, largely poor population will have on “American” identity. Aside from the hysteria, Latino identity poses some authentically new questions for the standard way in which minority identities are conceptualized. Are Latinos a race, an ethnicity, or some combination? What does it mean to have (...)
     
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    Lugones's World-Making.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2020 - Critical Philosophy of Race 8 (1-2):199-211.
    This article reflects on the worlds that María Lugones has made and has transformed, particularly for the doing of feminist theory. Thus this article will be more exploratory than argumentative: to explore the lessons that Lugones's work holds, especially her work on pluralist feminism, world-traveling, the uses of anger, boomerang perception, and the multiplicitousness of both our selves and our communities, for our twenty-first-century challenges. This article argues that Lugones's work addresses how to negotiate conflicts that arise within social movements (...)
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  41. Surviving Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality by Jorge J. E. Gracia; Mapping the Boundaries of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2008 - International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (2):231-238.
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    Cluster: The Myths of Maternity – Editor's Introduction.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2012 - Hypatia 27 (1):73-75.
  43. The political critique of identity.Linda Martin Alcoff - manuscript
    Political concerns about the importance of social identity are voiced equally across left, liberal, and right wing perspectives. Moreover, the suspicion of identity is not relegated to the discourse of intellectuals but is also manifest in the mainstream as a widespread public attitude, and not only among white communities.
     
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    Foucault's Normative Epistemology.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2013 - In Christopher Falzon, Timothy O'Leary & Jana Sawicki (eds.), A Companion to Foucault. Chichester, UK: Wiley. pp. 205–225.
    Epistemology was a central concern of Michel Foucault. By denying the conflation of knowledge with power, and consistently maintaining a dyadic relationship (“power/knowledge”) rather than a relationship in which power eclipses knowledge, Foucault maintains that knowledge requires its own analysis irreducible to the strategic maneuvers of power. “Epistemology,” by this caricature, has to approach the question of knowledge as a transcendent entity, akin to Plato's Ideal Forms. Foucault's work on knowledge is primarily critical rather than normatively reconstructive. The most important (...)
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  45. A response to Gracia.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2005 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 31 (4):419-422.
  46. Afterword.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2013 - Critical Philosophy of Race 1 (1):121-124.
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  47. 'Becoming an Epistemologist'.Linda Martın Alcoff - 1999 - In E. A. Grosz (ed.), Becomings: Explorations in Time, Memory, and Futures. Cornell University Press.
     
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    Comparative Epistemology.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2019 - Philosophy East and West 69 (3):849-856.
    Caring to Know by Vrinda Dalmiya is a remarkable, and remarkably original, work. It develops a significant extension of the care-ethical framework for epistemology, builds on as well as critiques Western feminist philosophy, and offers an original interpretation of the Mahābhārata's implication for epistemic norms. But perhaps most importantly, it invents an entirely original epistemology unlike anything, really, in English. The revolutionary dimensions of the book are clear from the beginning: this is a work of decolonial epistemology.For the period of (...)
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    Calibans Phenomenological Ontology.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2008 - CLR James Journal 14 (1):9-25.
  50. Decolonizing Feminist Theory: Latina Contributions to the Debate.Linda Martín Alcoff - 2020 - In Andrea Pitts, Mariana Ortega & José Medina (eds.), Theories of the Flesh: Latinx and Latin American Feminisms, Transformation, and Resistance. Oxford University Press. pp. 11-28.
    This chapter suggests an approach to decolonial feminism drawing from Latina feminist theory and practice. Rejecting an imperial feminism involves something else besides “going local”: it requires a genuine reorientation of feminist theory toward the everyday. This chapter considers how this affects the central debates about gender identities and gender liberation. How might we approach gender questions in the context of learning from, rather than teaching, lo cotidiano of the impoverished? This would counter the popular accounts of identity formation that (...)
     
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