Hypatia editor Alison Wylie gave the Presidential Address at the 2012 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in April. Her topic was feminist standpoint theory: why it matters that we are situated knowers and how best to understand the critical advantages that arise from socially marginal standpoints.
K-Punk (aka writer Mark Fisher) writes about possible responses to the BNP on his blog:
“Much of the BNP’s appeal derives from its granting of legitimacy to those feelings of resentment and aggrievement – yes, it says, you’re right to feel angry and betrayed…Here, class emerges…But this brief flash of class antagonism is immediately subsumed by race-logic”.
Later on he notes that any effective response to the BNP cannot simply argue with the BNP within the current framework, but seek to undermine the framework itself, this thing that sublimates class differences into racial differences. He describes this process using a particularly philosophically-loaded term: Narrative.
Narrative is that which gives structure to everyday human existence – it is historical, social. In After Virtue, Alasdair Macintyre argues that the self is a “narrative self” (as opposed to an “emotive self”) – identity is constructed by the myriad roles an individual plays in multiple systems. The good for an individual must therefore be “the good for one who inhabits these roles” (AV, 220). If Macintyre’s argument holds water, this means that social critiques – such as the one detailed in the previous paragraph – have not only political implications, but moral ones.
Contemporary virtue ethics
By Karen Stohr, Georgetown University
(Vol. 1, February 2006)
Race, Colorblindness, and Continental Philosophy
By Michael J. Monahan , Marquette University
(Vol. 1, September 2006)