In defense of the metaphysics of race

Philosophical Studies 174 (11):2709–2729 (2017)
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Adam Hochman
Macquarie University
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In this paper I defend the metaphysics of race as a valuable philosophical project against deflationism about race. The deflationists argue that metaphysical debate about the reality of race amounts to a non-substantive verbal dispute that diverts attention from ethical and practical issues to do with ‘race.’ In response, I show that the deflationists mischaracterize the field and fail to capture what most metaphysicians of race actually do in their work, which is almost always pluralist and very often normative and explicitly political. Even if debates about the reality of race turn out to be verbal disputes, they are substantive, and worth having.
Keywords Race  Metaphysics  Deflationism  Racial naturalism  Social constructionism  Social constructivism  Anti-realism  Skepticism  Monism  Pluralism
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-016-0806-0
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