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CSS Colloquium: David Teira, UNED, Madrid

Racial Amnesia in the Spanish Golden Age: A Case Study in Social Ontology

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Onsdag 15. maj 2024,  kl. 14:15 - 15:45


Aud G2 (1532-122)

The amnesia thought experiment is an objection against social constructivism about race. Assuming that race is a classification depending on people observing or imagining bodily features, if these people suddenly suffered a bout of amnesia, their concept of race would vanish, challenging the reality of racial categories. A simple rejoinder against this objection is that it is simply far-fetched: this thought experiment has no bearing on the real world. In this paper, we answer this rejoinder with a case study about racial amnesia in the Spanish Golden Age. Racial categories were based upon religious registries, and membership in a category could be bought and sold according to the candidate’s wealth, so that Jews and Moorish could have their racial ancestry forgotten. On the basis of this case study, we strengthen the case for racial anti-realism.

Coffee, tea, cake and fruit will be served before the colloquium @ 2 pm.