Unnaturalised racial naturalism

Adam Hochman*

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Abstract

Quayshawn Spencer (2014) misunderstands my treatment of racial naturalism. I argued that racial naturalism must entail a strong claim, such as "races are subspecies", if it is to be a substantive position that contrasts with anti-realism about biological race. My recognition that not all race naturalists make such a strong claim is evident throughout the article Spencer reviews (Hochman, 2013a). Spencer seems to agree with me that there are no human subspecies, and he endorses a weaker form of racial naturalism. However, he supports his preferred version of 'racial naturalism' with arguments that are not well described as 'naturalistic'. I argue that Spencer offers us an unnaturalised racial naturalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-87
Number of pages9
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C :Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Classification
  • Naturalism
  • Population genetics
  • Race
  • Social constructionism
  • Subspecies

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