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If This Isn’t Racism, What Is? The Politics of the Philosophy of Immigration

Finlayson, Lorna (2020) 'If This Isn’t Racism, What Is? The Politics of the Philosophy of Immigration.' Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 94 (1). pp. 115-139. ISSN 0309-7013

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Alison Jaggar (2020) recommends a radical break with a dominant approach to the philosophy of immigration shared by both liberal cosmopolitans and liberal nationalists. This paper is intended as an exploration of Jaggar’s conclusions and as an attempt to carry them further. Building on her critique, I argue that the characteristic questions asked by both cosmopolitans and nationalists appear inappropriate when seen against the political reality of immigration. In the last part of the paper, I argue that liberal nationalist contributions in particular have problematized immigration and immigrants in ways not fundamentally different from those seen on the racist right.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2020 18:00
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:16

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