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Remy Debes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199385997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385997.001.0001

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A Time for Dignity

A Time for Dignity

(p.263) Reflection A Time for Dignity

Charles W. Mills

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This reflection argues that ignoring—as mainstream Kantians tend to do—Kant’s own racism with respect to people of color and, correspondingly, obfuscating their radically different experience in modernity (as subpersons rather than recognized persons) only continues in a different form the disrespect historically shown to them. Drawing on Eviatar Zerubavel’s concept of “time maps,” that is “[competing] sociomental representations of the past,” it is suggested instead that we self-consciously theorize the demands of dignity for nonwhites in a framework of corrective justice—not in the “white time” of the racially privileged but in the “nonwhite time” of the racially subordinated.

Keywords:   racism, white time map, nonwhite time map, corrective justice, subperson, dignity, Kant

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