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Controversial Ideas 2023, 3(1), 2; doi: 10.35995/jci03010002

Of Racist Philosophers and Ravens

1 Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK;
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Received: 17 Feb 2023 / Revised: 1 Apr 2023 / Accepted: 3 Apr 2023 / Published: 28 Apr 2023
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How can historians of philosophy justify spending the preponderance of their professional lives writing about historical philosophers who held racist views? I use the controversy over University of Edinburgh’s David Hume Tower as a jumping-off place for discussion of this issue. I argue that worthwhile philosophical ideas in historical philosophers can be conceptually isolated from their racist views.
Keywords: David Hume Tower; racism; David Hume; John Stuart Mill; Immanuel Kant; John Locke
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Gill, M.B. Of Racist Philosophers and Ravens. Controversial_Ideas 2023, 3, 2.
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Gill, Michael B. 2023. "Of Racist Philosophers and Ravens." Controversial_Ideas 3, no. 1: 2.
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