Oral Defense


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  • Speaker: Nathaniel Coleman, PhD Candidate
  • Host Department: Philosophy
  • Date: 05/21/2013
  • Time: 9:30 AM

  • Location: 1164 Angell Hall

  • Description:

    In 'The duty to miscegenate', I harness John Stuart Mill's 19th century theory of social freedom to explain and to dismantle contemporary racialised and gendered injustice. I develop philosophical arguments in three of Mill's texts on social freedom—'The negro question' (1850), 'On liberty' (1859), and 'The subjection of women' (1869)—and I apply these arguments to the experience of persons racialised-and-gendered-as-black-women. 

    I present the arguments in three chapters. In the first chapter, I argue that social stigmatisation is a serious harm. In the second chapter, I argue that social stigmatisation is a preventable harm. In the third chapter, I argue that we are required to take the action that will prevent this serious harm.