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date: 26 February 2020

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W. E. B. Du Bois’s “The Conservation of Races” has greatly shaped contemporary philosophy of race, and one of the ways in which it has this effect is through the debate between Kwame Anthony Appiah and Lucius Outlaw. Du Bois, Appiah, and Outlaw all offer important perspectives on the value of racial identity. Appiah’s article helped stimulate debates about the nature and existence of race that remain central to philosophy of race today. The “Appiah-Outlaw debate” has often been treated as the most important instance of the conflict over “Conservation.” Through evolution on Appiah’s part, there has been a shift from sharp disagreement to significant consensus.

Keywords: W. E. B. Du Bois, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Lucius Outlaw, racial identity, racial identity

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