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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
A Conversation with Charles W. Mills
Charles W. Mills

Philosopher Charles Mills has spent his career addressing issues of social class, gender, and race in moral, social, and political philosophy. From theorizing about foundations of the white supremacist state to liberalism to the metaphysics of race, Mills explores the biases that underlie western philosophy and the erasure of Black voices. In conversation with members from CMC's philosophy department, Mills will lay out his thoughts on liberalism, Marxism, racism, the state of philosophy, and more.

Photo credit: CUNY Graduate Center

Charles W. Mills works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. In recent years he has focused on race. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as five books. His first book, "The Racial Contract" (1997), won a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in America. It has been adopted widely in hundreds of courses across the United States, not just in philosophy, but also in political science, sociology, anthropology, literature, African-American, American Studies, and other subjects. His sixth book, "Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism", is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Mills is also the co-editor of "Philosophy: The Big Questions" (2003) with Ruth Sample and James Sterba, a special issue of the Du Bois Review on “Race in a ‘Postracial’ Epoch” (Spring 2014) with Robert Gooding-Williams, and Simianization: Apes, Gender, Class and Race (2015) with Wulf D. Hund and Silvia Sebastiani.  

Mills received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Before joining the Graduate Center at CUNY, he taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University.

Photo credit: CUNY Graduate Center

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