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Adam Hochman
Macquarie University
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.
Keywords Race  Racial naturalism  Genetic clustering  Social constructionism  Anti-realism about race  Classification  Subspecies  Population genetics  Spencer  Scientific naturalism
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsc.2014.05.002
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