Hypatia 20 (4):10-26 (2005)

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Theorists analyzing the concepts of race and gender disagree over whether the terms refer to natural kinds, social kinds, or nothing at all. The question arises: what do we mean by the terms? It is usually assumed that ordinary intuitions of native speakers are definitive. However, I argue that contemporary semantic externalism can usefully combine with insights from Foucauldian genealogy to challenge mainstream methods of analysis and lend credibility to social constructionist projects.
Keywords semantic externalism  social construction  meaning  feminist epistemology  natural kinds  social ontology  meaning
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DOI 10.2979/HYP.2005.20.4.10
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