[SydPhil] Reminder: Nathan Tobias Coleman @ Mon 25 Feb 2013 13:00 - 14:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Nathan Tobias Coleman
''A right to avoid blacks?'  

Nathaniel Adam Tobias Coleman
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Doctoral candidate)
Flinders University of South Australia (Honorary Visiting Research Fellow)
University of Sydney (Research Affiliate)

You have the right, don't you, to avoid anyone, for any reason? This is not  
just a right you enjoy against a law that forces you to associate with a  
person you prefer to avoid. On the contrary, it is also a right you enjoy  
against social criticism. We might express your right as the following  
generalised principle:

G. For any person P, and for any person Q, P has the right to avoid Q for  
any reason at all.

The principle seems reasonable enough, doesn't it? However, from this  
generalised principle, some people infer a racialised result. For instance,  
some people think it follows that,

R: If P is racialised-as-white, if Q is racialised-as-black, and if P's  
reason for avoiding Q is that P has an unfavourable opinion of 'blacks',  
then P has a right to avoid Q.

The philosopher Michael Levin gives an example of some people who think we  
can infer the more specific racialised principle from the generalised  
principle. Levin tells us that 'Libertarians will wonder why a right to  
avoid blacks needs any defense at all, since it falls under voluntary  
association [. . .]' (1996: 313). I presume what Levin's 'Libertarians'  
mean is that 'a right to avoid blacks' is justified by some theory of  
voluntary dissociation. I shall argue that 'a right to avoid blacks' is not  
justified (a) by any contemporary theory of voluntary dissociation or (b)  
by John Stuart Mill's classical theory of voluntary dissociation.

When: Mon 25 Feb 2013 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: University of Sydney, Philosophy Common room
Calendar: Current Projects
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