The Ethics of Uncle Tom's Children

  title={The Ethics of Uncle Tom's Children},
  author={Tommie Shelby},
  journal={Critical Inquiry},
  pages={513 - 532}
1. Living with Injustice How should one live? This central philosophical question can be separated into at least two parts. The first concerns the conduct and attitudes morality requires of each of us. The second is about the essential elements of a worthwhile life; it’s about what it means to flourish, which includes meeting certain moral demands but is not exhausted by this. Answering this two-pronged question traditionally falls within the subdiscipline of ethics, broadly construed… 

Racial Realities and Corrective Justice: A Reply to Charles Mills

I reply to Mills’s critique of my effort to show the relevance of Rawls’s theory of justice for thinking about and responding to racial injustices. Contrary to Mills’s claims, my suggestion that the

Debate: Anger, Fitting Attitudes, and Srinivasan’s Category of “Affective Injustice”*

ONE important dimension of how we evaluate anger concerns its effects. Roughly, we often want to know if someone being angry is productive or not, relative to certain values or goals. Debate on this

Further Reading

  • Education
    The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright
  • 2019


  • The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright
  • 2019



  • The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright
  • 2019

Outside Joke

Tenderness in Early Richard Wright



Richard Wright's Successful Failure: A New Look at "Uncle Tom's Children".

IN THE RECENT controversy over the literary achievement of Richard Wright, the novelist's first book, Uncle Tom's Children (1938), has been generally ignored. James Baldwin, of course, centered his

For relevant criticisms of Rawls's approach to self-respect, see Stephen L. Darwall

  • Ethics
  • 1977

Rawlsian Self-Respect and the Black Consciousness Movement

  • Philosophy and Public Affairs
  • 1981

Autonomy and Self-Respect (Cambridge, 1991), chap. 1

  • Blacks and Social Justice
  • 1984