Howard McGary

Howard McGary
Professor II

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Office: Seminary 1 - 301
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B.A., California State University at Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
African American Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics
Research and Professional Activities
My primary areas of specialization are social and political philosophy, African American philosophy, and ethics. Most of my research has focused on an examination of liberalism and problems concerning theories of compensatory justice, collective responsibility, and distributive justice, especially as theses theories relate to persons who have (or are experiencing) experienced discrimination and subjugation. I am also interested in developing philosophical accounts of the virtues, in particular, forgiveness. Recently, I have been exploring philosophical themes found in the works of prominent African American social and political thinkers in the 19th and 20th centuries. I serve on the editorial boards of the following publications: Encyclopedia of Ethics, The Journal of Ethics, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, The Philosophical Forum, and Social Identities. I am the founder and director of the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy.
  • Reparations for African Americans, edited volume, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Forthcoming.
  • My Larger Education, Howard McGary (introduction), Booker T. Washington (author), New York: Humanity Books, 2004.
  • Race and Social Justice, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 1999.
  • Social Justice and Local Development Policy (Robert Mier with R.P. Giloth, K.J. Moe, L. Alpen, B. Harrison, H. McGary, Jr., I. Sherr, T. Vietorisz and W. Wiewel), Sage Publications, 1993.
  • Between Slavery and Freedom: Philosophy and American Slavery (with Bill E. Lawson), Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1992.
Articles and Chapters in Books
  • "Psychological Violence and Institutional Racism: The Moral Responsibility of Bystanders" in Laurence M. Thomas, ed., Contemporary Debates in Social Philosophy, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008, pp. 299-311.
  • "Racial Assimilation and the Dilemma of Racially Defined Institutions," in Jorge J.E. Gracia, (ed.), Race or Ethnicity, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2007, pp. 155-169.
  • "The Moral Quandary of Slave Redemption," in K. Anthony Appiah and Martin Bunzl, (eds.), Buying Freedom: The Ethics and Economics of Slave Redemption, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007, pp. 225-234.
  • "The New Conservatism and the Critique of Equity Planning," Philosophy and Geography, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004, pp. 79-93.
  • "Achieving Democratic Equality: Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Reparations," The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2003, pp. 93-113.
    -Reprinted in Lawrence M. Hinman, (ed.), Contemporary Moral Issues: Diversity and Consensus, 3 edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006.
  • "Some Reflections on the Brown Decision and its Aftermath," in Tommy L. Lott and John P. Pittman, (eds.), A Companion to African-American Philosophy, London: Blackwell Publishers, 2003, pp. 313-323.
  • "Racial Groups, Distrust, and the Distribution of Health Care," in Rosamond Rhodes, Margaret Battin, and Anita Silvers (eds.), Medicine and Social Justice, London: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 212-223.
  • "Resistance and Slavery," reprinted in Tommie L. Lott (ed). African American Philosophy: Selected Readings, Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Prentice-Hall, 2001, pp. 187-208.
  • "The Political Philosophy and Humanism of Cornel West," in George Yancy, (ed.), Cornel West: A Critical Reader, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2001, pp. 280-292.
  • "Reflections on A Genealogy of Modern Racism, (C. West),"in Philomena Essed and David Theo Goldberg (eds.), Race Critical Theories, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2001, pp. 433-436.
  • "Theories of Violence," in Ronald Gottesman, (ed.), Violence in America: An Encyclopedia, New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1999, pp. 315-317.
  • "Distrust, Social Justice, and Health Care," The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, Vol. 66, No. 4, 1999, pp. 236-240.
  • "Douglass on Racial Assimilation and Racial Institutions," in Bill E. Lawson and Frank Kirkland, (eds.), Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader, London: Blackwell Publishing, 1999, pp. 50-63.
  • "Conversation with Howard McGary Jr.," in George Yancy (ed.), African American Philosophers: 17 Conversations, New York: Routledge, 1998, pp. 73-93.
  • "Paternalism and Slavery," reprinted in Tommy L. Lott, (ed.), Subjugation and Bondage, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998, pp. 187-208.
  • "Racism, Social Justice, and Interracial Coalitions," The Journal of Ethics, Vol. 1, No. 3, 1997, pp. 249-264.
  • "Psychological Violence, Physical Violence, and Racial Oppression" in Lewis R. Gordon (ed.), Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy, New York: Routledge, 1996, pp. 263-272.
    -Reprinted in Larry May, Shari Ollins-Chobanian, and Kai Wong, (eds.), Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2001, pp. 330-338.
    -Reprinted in James A. Montmarquet and William H. Hardy, (eds.), Reflections: Anthology of African American Philosophy, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2000, pp. 210-217.
  • "Police Discretion and Discrimination," in John Kleinig (ed.) Handled with Discretion, Rowman & Littlefield, 1996, pp. 131-144.
    -Reprinted in Jami L. Anderson, (ed.), Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2003, pp. 451-458.
  • "Rawls' Logic of Political Arguments: Political Justification Without Truth," in E.M. Barth and E.C.W. Krabbe (eds.), Logic and Political Culture, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992, pp. 49-59.
  • "Alienation and the African American Experience," The Philosophical Forum, Vol. 24, Nos. 1-3,1992-93, pp. 282-296.
    -Reprinted in P.H. Coetzee and A.P.J. Roux (eds.), Philosophy From Africa 2nd Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, pp.589-599.
    -Reprinted in Richard Schmitt and Thomas Moody (eds.), Alienation And Social Criticism, Humanities Press, 1994, pp. 132-146.
    -Reprinted in John P. Pittman (ed), African American Perspectives and Philosophical Traditions, New York: Routledge, 1997, pp. 282-296. -Reprinted in Cynthia Willett, (ed.), Theorizing Multiculturalism, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1998, pp. 259-275.
    -Reprinted Tommie L. Lott, (ed.), African-American Philosophy: Selected Readings, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2001, pp. 468- 478.
  • "The Inclusion of African-American Materials into Philosophy Courses," APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, Vol. 92, No. 1, 1993, pp. 51-55.
  • "The Black Underclass and the Question of Values," in Bill Lawson (ed.), The Underclass Question, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992 pp. 55-70.
    -Reprinted in Thomas A. Mappes and Jane S. Zembaty, (eds.), Social Ethics, 6th Edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001, pp. 348-357.
  • "Power, Scientific Research, and Self-Censorship," in Thomas E. Wartenberg (ed.), Rethinking Power: Theories and Applications, New York: SUNY Press, 1992, pp. 225-239.
  • "The Moral Status of Groups," in Lawrence C. Becker and Charlotte B. Becker (eds.), Encyclopedia of Ethics, Garland Publishing Co., 1992, pp. 422-425.
  • "Race and Class Exploitation," in Abebe Zegeye, Leonard Harris, and Julie Maxted (eds.), Race and Class Exploitation in the Twentieth Century-Patterns of Exploitation in Capitalist Societies, London: Hans Zell Publishing Co., 1992, pp. 14-27.
  • "Friedman on Impartiality and Practicality," (abstract), The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 86, No. 11, 1989, pp 657-658.
  • "Forgiveness," American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4, 1989, pp. 343-351.
  • "The Concept of Resistance: Black Resistance During Slavery," in Yeager Hudson and James Sterba (eds.), Freedom, Equality and Social Change: Problems in Social Philosophy Today, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellon Press, 1989, pp. 359-371.
  • "South Africa: The Morality of Divestment," The Philosophical Forum, Vol. 18, Nos. 2-3, 1987, pp. 203-212.
  • "Morality and Collective Liability," The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 20 No. 2, 1986, pp. 157-165.
    -Reprinted in Larry May and Stacey Hoffman (eds.), Collective Responsibility: Five Decades of Debate in Theoretical and Applied Ethics, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1991, pp.77-87.
  • "Teaching Black Philosophy," Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1984, pp. 129-137.
  • "Reparations, Self-Respect, and Public Policy," The Journal of the Society for the Study of Black Philosophy, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1984, pp. 15-26.
    -Reprinted in David Theo Goldberg (ed), Ethical Theory and Society: Historical Texts and Contemporary Readings, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1989, pp. 280-290.
  • "Racial Integration and Racial Separatism: Conceptual Clarifications," in Leonard Harris (ed.), Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917, Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Co., 1983, pp. 199-211.
  • "Justice and Reparations," The Philosophical Forum, Vol. 9, Nos. 2-3, 1977-78, pp. 250-263.
  • "Social Justice and Public Policy," (with Robert Mier), Educational Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1978, pp. 383-393.
    -Reprinted in Robert Mier, Social Justice and Local Development Policy, New York: Sage Publications, 1993, pp. 20-31.
  • "Reparations and Inverse Discrimination," Dialogue (Journal of Phi Sigma Tau) , Vol. 17, No. 1, 1974, pp. 8-10.
Book Reviews
  • Racism and Justice: The Case for Affirmative Action by Gertrude Ezorsky reviewed in Ethics, Vol. 103, No. 3, 1993, pp. 598-599.
  • Reason and Justice by Richard Dien Winfield reviewed in Nous, Vol. 26, No. 2, 1992, pp. 261-263.
  • Blacks and Social Justice by Bernard Boxill reviewed in The Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 25, No. 3, 1991, pp. 389-392.
  • Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action by Frederick R. Lynch reviewed in Ethics, Vol. 102, No. 1, 1991, pp. 195-196.
  • Anatomy of Racism by David Theo Goldberg reviewed in Ethics, Vol. 102, No. 1, 1991, pp. 194-195.
  • Alain Locke: Harlem Renaissance and Beyond by Leonard Harris reviewed in Ethics, Vol. 101, No. 1, 1991, pp. 195-196.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: The Making of a Mind by John J. Ansbro reviewed in Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1985, pp. 183-185.
Dictionary Entries
  • "Afrocentricity," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 15.
  • "Black Arts Movement," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 83.
  • "Black Conservatism," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 85.
  • "Double Consciousness," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 237.
  • "Ebonics," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p.245.
  • "Harlem Renaissance," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 386.
  • "Invisibility," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 444.
  • "Racial Stereotypes," and "Underclass," in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, pp. 719-720.
  • "Racism," (with Michael D. Biddis) in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 720.
  • "Underclass," (with Alex Brummer) in Allan Bullock and Stephen Trombley, (eds.), The Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought, New York: W.W. Norton, 1999, p. 894.


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