Philosopher’s Article On Transracialism Sparks Controversy – Daily Nous

In my intro to philosophy classes this week we discussed Deirdre McCloskey’s “Crossing” and the problem of personal identity. When asked, most students said they identified with their minds more than their bodies if those were the only choices, while some identified with both when given that choice. No one mentioned culture or ethnicity, though race was suggested for a list of identifying physical features. I then asked them if since we now accept someone’s word that they do not identify with their biological sex, rather with their psychological gender, shouldn’t we take someone like Rachel Dolezal at their word when they say they identify as treansracial? I was surprised that several students said yes, including students of color. In an anonymous online survey more of them revealed skepticism however. This essay discusses this issue, which is a perfectly good question for philosophical analysis.

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