Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics | KALW

Philosophy Talk asks about Identity Politics

Jul 15, 2016

Is Identity politics the problem or the solution to what divides us? 


The notion of identity has become so hugely important in contemporary political discourse that no conversation on social issues would be complete without it. Identity politics typically focuses on how to empower individuals from marginalized groups so that they can achieve greater equality and representation. But why should anyone mobilize behind a banner of identity rather than ideology? Why is it important have a diversity of identities in political representation? And does politicizing identities genuinely empower communities or just further divide them? John and Ken empower Tommie Shelby from Harvard University, author of We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity. Join the conversation LIVE this Sunday 7/17 at 10 am by calling 1-800-525-9917.