Linda Alcoff

Linda Alcoff
CUNY Graduate Center | CUNY · Program in Philosophy

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Este artigo discute a necessidade de desenvolvimento de uma epistemologia decolonial revolucionária, identificando dois obstáculos para a formulação de uma nova epistemologia: um relacionado à própria epistemologia e outro às discussões sobre identidade. Argumenta-se pela necessidade de um debate propositivo e reconstrutivo sobre a verdade, bem com...
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Autonomism is a growing force on the global left and an important influence on the "movements of the squares." Often misidentified by anarchists as a Marxist deviation, and by Marxists as a form of anarchism, autonomism is something in between: a form of Marxism with a strong bent toward localism, horizontal decision-making, and anti-authoritariani...
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This paper explores the complications of naming and interpreting experiences of sexual violation that arise from the complexity of experience and the possibility of a discursive relativism. If our experiences are discursively and historically constituted, even in part, by the happenstance of the cultures we are born into, by what Foucault wonderful...
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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. "E...
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Living in these times of ongoing, persistent, and extreme antiblack racism, from police violence to voter suppression to crushing unemployment and poverty, it feels a harsh task to criticize the hegemony of the black/white binary in antiracist discourses. The difficult challenge of this critical project has always been the question of how to critiq...
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It feels like the country, and the world, is in ferment, from Occupy Wall Street actions around the United States, to pitched battles in Europe over austerity measures that would mandate impoverishment, to unbelievably brave uprisings for an expansion of democracy in the Arab world. In New York these days our classroom examples have noticeably chan...
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The debate over the identity category of women that emerged in 1970s feminist theory has recently morphed into a new debate over the best way to understand sex identity in relationship both to gender identity and to sexuality. Both the meanings and the relationships between the categories of sex, gender and sexuality are under contestation in these...
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This chapter argues for a politically informed but realist approach to sexual abuse memories. A number of theorists have set aside questions of truth from understanding the memory wars—some because they reject the possibility that memory can be a domain of truth since it is so susceptible to suggestion, some because they work within analytic frames...
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Linda Martín Alcoff's essay develops three concepts relevant to understanding the conditions of Latinas/os in the United States. The first concept is anti-Latino racism, which becomes lost in the black-white binary discussion of racism. The author's analysis shows that racism is not a “one-size fits-all category,” so antiracist responses cannot be...
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Feminist theory and reflections on sexuality and gender rarely make contact with contemporary continental philosophy of religion. Where they all come together, creative and transformative thinking occurs. In Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion, internationally recognized scholars tackle complicated questions provoked by the often stormy...
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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 Fric...
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abstractJustice 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 hermene...
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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 po...
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In this paper I set out the problem of feminist social science as the need to explain and justify its method of theory choice in relation to both its own theories and those of androcentric social science. In doing this, it needs to avoid both a positivism which denies the impact of values on scientific theory-choice and a radical relativism which u...
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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 w...
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In his epistles, St. Paul sounded a universalism that has recently been taken up by secular philosophers who do not share his belief in Christ, but who regard his project as centrally important for contemporary political life. The Pauline project - as they see it - is the universality of truth, the conviction that what is true is true for everyone,...
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Walter Mignolo’s epistemological claims about subaltern knowledge owe much for their inspiration to the work of Michel Foucault. Thus it is little wonder that, in some important respects, Mignolo bears a similar relationship as Foucault to the discipline of philosophy, and to epistemology in particular. Even though the entirety of Foucault’s theore...
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What is the role of reproduction in formulating the categories of sex, gender, or of sexual difference? If Judith Butler is right that gender and sex cannot be neatly disentangled from the realm of affects, “sensation, acts, and sexual practice,” then it is equally doubtful that the realm of biological reproduction can be disentangled. There is a d...
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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...
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Gloria Anzaldúa's work invites us to reach beyond the usual conventions of academic writing to make visible the relations between self and world, feeling and thinking, personal experience and theory. As a philosopher, I read her for her insights about and analyses of multiple oppression, mixed identities, and alternative epistemologies. But as anot...
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In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Drawing on both philosophical sources as well as theories and empirical studies in the social sciences, this book makes a strong case that identities are not like special interests, nor are they doomed to opp...
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Just a few years ago, the great political movements that profoundly trans-formed American society the — movements demanding voting rights, civil rights, and equality for various disenfranchised groups — were generally viewed as the natural extension of liberal ideals. These identity-based liberation movements were viewed by many Americans as confir...
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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 qu...
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Much of Ofelia Schutte's work has been focused on the question of liberation, especially for women and for colonized peoples. In this paper I discuss some of the important contributions she has made toward understanding the difficulty of dialogue across differences of culture and power, and toward thinking through the relationships of culture, iden...
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Hypatia 19.3 (2004) 225-228 In the past decade, Drucilla Cornell has emerged as one of the most interesting feminist theorists writing today, bringing her considerable erudition in Hegelian and post-Hegelian European philosophy to bear on the most difficult and concrete problems in feminist activism and jurisprudence. In Richard Posner's essay, inc...
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The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 18.2 (2004) 99-117 Where rationality is measured by the ability to distance oneself from one's cultural and religious traditions, the preemptive commitments of ethnicity seem counter to the ideal of a rational life. Arthur Schlesinger's The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society gives a t...
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Much of Ofelia Schutte's work has been focused on the question of liberation, especially for women and for colonized peoples. In this paper I discuss some of the important contributions she has made toward understanding the difficulty of dialogue across differences of culture and power, and toward thinking through the relationships of culture, iden...
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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--vis Latino/as andAsian Americans, and thus proves mo...
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Nepantla: Views from South 4.1 (2003) 147-163 Paget Henry, professor of sociology at Brown University and author of Caliban's Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (2000), is one of our most innovative and interesting social theorists writing today. His work over the past twenty-five years has focused principally on interpretive studies of...
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Nepantla: Views from South 4.1 (2003) 165-189 Lewis Gordon received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University in 1993, then taught in the philosophy department at Purdue until 1996. The following year, he moved to Brown University, where he is now chair of the Department of Africana Studies. He has had an equally significant and original impact...
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Nepantla: Views from South 4.1 (2003) 139-146 The work of Juan Flores, professor of black and Puerto Rican studies at Hunter College, combines sociological training, an extensive background in social theory, and immense cultural knowledge to analyze the political implications of a wide range of cultural phenomena, from hybrid musical and dance form...
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Nepantla: Views from South 4.1 (2003) 133-137 —Leila Ahmed, A Border Passage (1999) This succinct description of a whole generation's experience with academic theory is by now a familiar refrain. Yet we are still living and working in the midst of the attempt to put third world and marginalized experiences first, to develop theory with our perspect...
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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 pe...
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New Literary History 32.4 (2001) 835-848 According to Marx, revolutions do not bring about justice; they redefine it. A society sets out the possibilities for identifying and redressing injustice, and thus for imagining the scope and requirements of justice. In bourgeois society, the extraction of surplus value, whether at two or two thousand perce...
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Hypatia 15.3 (2000) 161-162 Women's political activism has altered the contours of civil society across the globe, overturning liberal understandings of the private sphere, forcing the state to recognize mothers as political actors and not mere icons, and re-configuring the scope and nature of human rights. In her highly original work Moral Texture...
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I take it as a given that phenomenology needs feminism. There has been some excellent work by feminist theorists, some of whom I will discuss briefly in this paper, showing that the body of phenomenological work in the canon has been indelibly imprinted with a masculine orientation in its development of the constitutive categories of experience. Th...
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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]udith Katz and the “race traitor” politics...
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An awareness of the social embeddedness of science and of the influence of social context on scientific knowledge has prompted many theorists to turn away from questions about the ontology of truth. Truth claims have been argued to close down discussion, to have totalitarian effects, to entail an unsupportable metaphysics of presence or transcenden...

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