Charles Mills and the Racial Contract

Nathifa Greene in conversation with Elvira Basevich

Charles Mills, who died in September 2021, was a brilliant, iconoclastic leader of contemporary political philosophy. With the publication of his groundbreaking 1997 book, The Racial Contract, he developed a critique of political liberalism that pressed philosophers to acquire greater self-awareness concerning their naïve assumptions about the nature and interrelation of ideals and reality in their theories. His goal was to highlight the omission of salient social conflicts in a nonideal racial reality and to sketch a positive proposal for the reconstitution of a modern political community on fairer and more inclusive terms. In this conversation with Elvira Basevich, Nathifa Greene will introduce some of Mills’ key philosophical ideas and reflect upon what his philosophical legacy means and how we are to carry it on.

Nathifa Greene is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. Her teaching and research interests are in ethics and in social and political philosophy, with particular attention to moral psychology and decolonial philosophy of the Americas. Her current book project is an ethical analysis of habits in moral psychology, considering the role of habits in liberatory social practices.

Elvira Basevich is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Her current research focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of justice, which she bases on his critique of 19th- and 20th-century American democracy. Her first monograph W.E.B. Du Bois: The Lost and the Found was published in 2020 by Polity Press.
elvirabasevich.com/ twitter.com/EBasevich

Monday 6th June

7pm (UK time)/2pm (EST)