Charles W. Mills, Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University

Racial Inequality

Liberalism and Race

Tuesday, September 8, 3:30pm, 206 Ingraham

Racial Justice

Wednesday, September 9, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies 

CHARLES W. MILLS is John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy. He works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. In recent years he has been focusing on race. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and four books. His first book, The Racial Contract (Cornell University, 1997), won a Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in North America. It has been adopted widely in courses across the United States (more than 100 campuses so far), not just in philosophy, but also political science, sociology, anthropology, African-American, and race relations. His second book, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Cornell University, 1998), was a finalist for the award for the most important North American work in social philosophy of that year. His most recent book, Contract and Domination  (Polity Press, 2007), is co-authored with Carole Pateman, who wrote The Sexual Contract (Stanford University Press, 1988), and it seeks to bring the two “contracts” together. He is currently working on a collection of his Caribbean essays, Radical Theory, Caribbean Reality: Race, Class, and Social Domination. Before joining Northwestern, Charles Mills taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a UIC Distinguished Professor.

Mills, Charles. “Schwartzman vs. Okin: Some Comments on Challenging Liberalism,” forthcoming in Hypatia, Vol. 24, No. 4 (Fall 2009): 204-18, pdf.
Mills, Charles. “Rawls on Race/Race in Rawls,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. XLVII (2009) annual supplement of the Spindel Conference, “Race, Racism, and Liberalism in the Twenty-First Century,” ed. Bill E. Lawson, pp. 161-84,pdf
Mills, Charles. “Racial Liberalism,” PMLA (Publications of the Modern Language Association of America), Vol. 123, No. 5 (October 2008): 1380-97,pdf.
Mills, Charles. “‘Ideal Theory’ as Ideology,” Hypatia, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2005): 165-84,pdf.