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B.A. in Philosophy (1989), Morehouse College – Cum Laude, Highest Honors in Philosophy
M.A. in Philosophy (1996), Rutgers University
Ph.D. in Philosophy (1997), Rutgers University
M.P.A. (2014), Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

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.),

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