RATIONAL MANLINESS AS GOODNESS: RESPONSES TO INTERSECTIONAL DOMINATION AND THE PRESERVATION OF THE MORAL SELF IN HIGHER EDUCATION

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Gabriella Beckles-Raymond

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How should we understand the persistence of racism in the British academy and the efficacy of current responses to address racism? Drawing on philosophers Sylvia Wynter and Charles Taylor, I claim higher education in Britain is a manifestation of ‘Rational Manliness’ – a co-constitutive moral framework - as a hypergood. I then, deploy the Rational Manliness framework to evaluate three common responses to injustice in higher education – Rational Man fragility, confessions/self-forgiveness, and intellectual decolonization. Ultimately, I argue that, insofar as higher education holds Rational Manliness as a hypergood, responses to injustice are rooted in a commitment to preserve a sense of self as good, by maintaining the intersectional matrix of domination. As such, I suggest that higher education in Britain must be reconstituted and transformed in ways that depart from Rational Manliness as a hypergood towards establishing the-eradication-all-forms-of-domination as a morally defensible hypergood.

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BECKLES-RAYMOND, Gabriella. RATIONAL MANLINESS AS GOODNESS: RESPONSES TO INTERSECTIONAL DOMINATION AND THE PRESERVATION OF THE MORAL SELF IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Revista da Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores/as Negros/as (ABPN), [S.l.], v. 13, n. 37, p. 151-179, ago. 2021. ISSN 2177-2770. Disponível em: <https://abpnrevista.org.br/index.php/site/article/view/1267>. Acesso em: 23 out. 2021.
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