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Necro-Being: The Worst Form of Racism

January 18, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

PNW Race, Racism, Anti-Racism Series

Combined photo of David Detmer and Leonard Harris.

In the latest installment of PNW’s “Race, Racism, Anti-Racism Series,” PNW Professor of Philosophy David Detmer, Ph.D.  interviews Leonard Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Purdue West Lafayette.




Harris says, “Necro-being, as I present it, is a condition that kills and prevents persons from being born. Racism is a form of necro-being: it kills and prevents persons from being born. Racism is a polymorphous agent of death, premature births, shortened lives, starving children, debilitating theft, abusive larceny, degrading insults, and insulting stereotypes forcibly imposed. I consider death, mortality, morbidity and irredeemable misery as primary indicators of racism across an array of types of racism globally.”

This presentation is juxtaposed to volitionism, virtue ethics and contract theory.

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January 18, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
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