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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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Norway Social Sciences
anthropology Social Sciences
theory formation Social Sciences
Group Social Sciences
Naturalism Arts & Humanities
ontology Social Sciences
critic Social Sciences
metaphysics Social Sciences

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 2013 2018

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

Racialization: a defense of the concept

Hochman, A., 17 Oct 2018, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. 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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Replacing race: interactive constructionism about racialized groups

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
theory formation

Race: deflate or pop?

Hochman, A., 1 Jun 2016, In : Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 57, p. 60-68 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Biological Ontologies
Theodosius Dobzhansky

Rasse oder Vielfalt – was sagt die Wissensforschung? Kontroverse Annäherungen an die Kategorie race

Hochman, A. & Lipphardt, V., 2016, Historisches Lernen als Rassismuskritik. Brüning, C., Deile, L. & Lücke, M. (eds.). Schwalbach, Germany: Wochenschau Verlag, p. 21-48 28 p.

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