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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 8, Issue 1, Spring 2001

Joseph W. Long
Pages 47-51

The Logical Mistake of Racism

In this paper, I will explore and attempt to define one very important type of egregious discrimination of persons, racism. I will argue that racism involves a kind of logical mistake; specifically. I hope to show that racists commit the naturalistic fallacy. Finally, I will defend my account of racism against two challenges, the most important of which argues that if racism is merely a logical error then racists are not morally culpable.

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