ArticlesVolume 2, Issue 2 (2012)

Astrology and Race: Aspects of Equality After Critical Race Theory

Citation:2 COLUM. J. RACE & L. 267 (2012)

Abstract

Historically, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been neglected in European legal scholarship. CRT approaches promise to be a useful avenue for European jurisprudence, however, as European nations rapidly become more multiracial. The focus of this Essay is on the theoretical value that radiates from some Critical Race Theory lines of thought, written from the perspective of an Italian legal scholar engaging in CRT. In particular, there are some aspects of CRT jurisprudence that are valuable from a general, legal-philosophical, point of view. In this vein, CRT scholars have authored scholarship that has had an impact on the traditional, liberal notion of equality. An apparently reasonable jurisprudence has been seen to revolve around a pseudo-scientific array of notions (―neutral‖ races, conceived as zodiac signs) that are lacking any sound epistemic ground: therefore, a form of astrology.