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Luvell Anderson

Professor Anderson (PhD, Rutgers University) joined the faculty in 2012. Before coming to Memphis, he was Alain Locke Postdoctoral Fellow at Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in the philosophy of language and philosophy of race and has published articles on racial slurs. His work concentrates on the semantics and ethics of racial language and racist humor and the normativity of offense. Luvell also has interests in social and political philosophy and the philosophy of mind.

Selected Publications

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Race, co-edited with Paul Taylor and Linda Alcoff (under contract).

"Racist Humor," in Philosophy Compass (forthcoming).

"What Did You Call Me? Slurs as Prohibited Words" (with Ernie Lepore), in Analytic Philosophy 54 (3), 2013, 350-363.

"Slurring Words" (with Ernie Lepore), in Noûs 47 (1), 2013, 25-48.

"Language and Race" (with Sally Haslanger and Rae Langton), in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language (2012).

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

Invited talks

"TBD," Purdue University, April 2015 (Colloquium)

"TBD," Thomas Hayes Procter Memorial Lecture, Wellesley College, March 2015

Commentator, Author Meets Critics: Elisabeth Camp, Central APA, February 2015

"TBD," University of Oklahoma, October 2014


Conference presentations

“Diversity, Philosophy and Education,” Eastern APA, December 2014

“Should White People Enjoy Hip Hop?,” American Society of Aesthetics Conference, October 2014

"Notorious Thugs," California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, September 2014

Contact Details
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Office: 318 Clement Hall
Phone: 901-678-2553
Fax: 901-678-4365
Email: lndrsn14<at>memphis<dot>edu
Office Hours (Fall 2014): By appointment.
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