Adam Hochman


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In 2014 I was awarded my PhD in philosophy by the University of Sydney. In 2015 I began a three year Macquarie University Research Fellowship (MQRF). My position at Macquarie was made ongoing in 2016. I finished my MQRF in 2018, and in 2019 I began another three year research project, supported by a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

My current focus is on philosophy of race. I am interested in the following questions. What is race? Is race biologically real, socially real, or not real at all? If there are no races, what are there? What is the relationship between race, racism, ethnicity and ethnocentrism? Can philosophy of language help us to define these terms? What role can the history of the race concept play in answering these questions? 

I also have an ongoing interest in the relationship between proximate and evolutionary forms of explanation. I am especially interested in conflations and confusions surrounding 'how' and 'why' explanations, and how they play out in work at the intersection of biology and psychology.

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Racism Medicine & Life Sciences
Phylogeny Medicine & Life Sciences
Norway Social Sciences
anthropology Social Sciences
Group Social Sciences
theory formation Social Sciences
Biological Ontologies Medicine & Life Sciences
Naturalism Arts & Humanities

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Outputs 2013 2020

  • 12 Article
  • 2 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference book
  • 1 Chapter

Is "race" modern? Disambiguating the question

Hochman, A., 7 Feb 2020, In : Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 19 p.

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Race and reference

Hochman, A., Apr 2019, In : Biology and Philosophy. 34, 2, p. 1-22 22 p., 32.

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Biological Ontologies

Racialization: a defense of the concept

Hochman, A., 11 Jun 2019, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42, 8, p. 1245-1262 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

theory formation

In defense of the metaphysics of race

Hochman, A., Nov 2017, In : Philosophical Studies. 174, 11, p. 2709-2729 21 p.

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Replacing race: interactive constructionism about racialized groups

Hochman, A., 2017, In : Ergo. 4, 3, p. 61-92 32 p.

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Open Access
theory formation