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Putting races on the ontological map: a close look at Spencer’s ‘new biologism’ of race.

Winsberg, Eric (2019) Putting races on the ontological map: a close look at Spencer’s ‘new biologism’ of race. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In a large and impressive body of published work, Quayshawn Spencer has meticulously articulated and defended a metaphysical project aimed at resuscitating a biological conception of race—one free from many of the pitfalls of biological essentialism. If successful, such a project would be highly rewarding, since it would provide a compelling response to philosophers who have denied the genuine existence of race while avoiding the very dangers that they sought to avoid. I argue that if a “new biologism” about race is a live and attractive possibility, it will have to employ many of the moves that Spencer employs. The aim of this paper is to subject those moves to careful scrutiny and thereby appraise the prospects for a new biologism about race.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Winsberg, Ericeric.winsberg@gmail.com
Keywords: Race, Biology, Realism, Social Construction, Spencer
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Eric Winsberg
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 16:25
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:25
Item ID: 16053
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 19 March 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16053

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