Early modern authors started theorizing about racism at around the same time when they started theorizing about race. Their theories are often surprisingly insightful and can help us gain a deeper understanding of racism's origins. This talk will examine some of the most intriguing early modern analyses of racism from Britain and North America and reflect on the methodology of studying early modern racism.
Julia Jorati is Professor of Philosophy in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The main focus of Jorati’s research is the history of early modern philosophy. At present, she is particularly interested in philosophical debates about slavery and race in the 17th and 18th centuries. She has also published extensively on the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.