Subjugation and Bondage: Critical Essays on Slavery and Social Philosophy

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Tommy Lee Lott
Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Social Science - 351 pages
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What is wrong with slavery? Can it ever be justified? Subjugation and Bondage is a fascinating and wide-ranging collection of recent essays that address a variety of moral concerns regarding slavery as an institutionalized social practice. Included are novel interpretations of ancient and early modern philosophers as well as explicit comparisons between the arguments given by former slaves and certain political theories that may have influenced them. Essays on contemporary issues critically examine the source of an ambivalence toward slavery that can be found in the liberal tradition, and the authors discuss the issues with an eye toward concerns for gender, race, and class.
 

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Contents

Necessary Identities
1
Radical Implications of Lockes Moral Theory The Views of Frederick Douglass
29
The Same Tyrannical Principle Lockes Legacy on Slavery
49
The Masters Tools Abolitionist Arguments of Equiano and Cugoano
79
Early Enlightenment Conceptions of the Rights of Slaves
101
Locke and the Legal Obligations of Black Americans
133
The MasterSlave Dialectic Hegel vs Douglass
153
Slavery and the Ties that Do Not Bind
173
Paternalism and Slavery
189
What Is Wrong with Slavery
211
Slavery and Surrogacy
231
American Slavery and the Holocaust Their Ideologies Compared
257
The Arc of the Moral Universe
283
Bibliography
331
Index
341
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Joshua Cohen is the author of Book of Numbers which has been shortlisted for the 2015 Bad S-x in Fiction Award.

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