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Paul C. Taylor

W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy


  • Race Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Pragmatism
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Africana Philosophy

Representative publications


  • Race: A Philosophical Introduction (Cambridge, UK: Polity – Blackwell, 2004; 2nd ed., 2013)
  • Black Is Beautiful: A Philosophy of Black Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2016) - Winner of the American Society for Aesthetics Oustanding Monograph Prize for 2017
  • On Obama (Routledge, 2016)
  • Uneasy Sanctuary: Rethinking Race-Thinking (Oxford UP, under contract)

Edited Volumes

  • The Philosophy of Race (four volumes; Routledge, 2012)
  • The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Race (with Linda Martín Alcoff and Luvell Anderson - Routledge, 2017)

Articles and Essays

  • “Race in/and the Philosophy of Literature,” in Noel Carroll and John Gibson, eds., The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Literature (New York: Routledge, 2016)
  • “Towards a Decolonial Analytic Philosophy: Institutional Corruption and Epistemic Culture,” in Sally Matthews and Pedro Tabensky, eds., Being At Home: Race, Institutional Culture, and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions (Durban, South Africa: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2015)
  • “Taking Post-Racialism Seriously: From Movement Mythology to Racial Formation,” The Du Bois Review 11.1 (Spring 2014)
  • “Bare Ontology and Social Death,” Philosophical Papers (South Africa), Vol. 42, No. 3 (November 2013): 371-391
  • “Living Pictures, Dead Souls,” Transition No. 104 (1 January 2011), pp. 58-72
  • “Melting Whites and Liberated Latinas: Identity, Fate, and Character in ‘Fools Rush In’,” in Ethics in Film, Ward Jones and Samantha Vice, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • “The Last King of Scotland or The Last N----r on Earth: The Ethics of Race on Film,” Contemporary Aesthetics, Volume 2 (2009) – Special issue: Aesthetics and Race: New Philosophical Perspectives (Monique Roelofs, ed.),