Can White Americans Include Colors in Their Canon? Searching a Post-national History of American Philosophy

Ferry - Hidayat(1*)

(1) University of Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta
(*) Corresponding Author


Racism in the USA not only takes place in law, economics, politics, mass media and new media, education, literature, and in popular culture but also occurs in philosophy. An abundance of Latino philosophers, African-American philosophers, and Native American philosophers are excluded from American philosophy canon. To discover whether the racism really happens in the field of American philosophy, the writer surveys 15 American philosophy books written between the 1940s and the 2020s by various American writers, being the whites and the non-whites. The writer carries out an ‘index-study’: scanning philosopher names in index of each book, identifying and scrutinizing the names, listing and categorizing them into race category, counting them, comparing the number of non-white philosophers and white philosophers mentioned in each book, putting them in a table, and interpreting why there is disparity between the number of non-white and white philosophers included in the books. The survey result shows that racism happens in American philosophy; the writers of the 15 American philosophy books exclude an abundance of non-white philosophers. There is a critical need of writing a new, post-national American philosophy book which does justice to the non-white philosophers in the near future so that the racism diminishes.


American Philosophy; Latin American Philosopher; African American Philosophy; Native American Philosophy; Racism in American Philosophy


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