Against the New Metaphysics of Race

Philosophy of Science 82 (2):244-265 (2015)
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David Ludwig
Wageningen University and Research
Abstract
The aim of this article is to develop an argument against metaphysical debates about the existence of human races. I argue that the ontology of race is underdetermined by both empirical and non-empirical evidence due to a plurality of equally permissible candidate meanings of "race." Furthermore, I argue that this underdetermination leads to a deflationist diagnosis according to #hich disputes about the existence of human races are non-substantive verbal disputes. $hile this diagnosis resembles general deflationist strategies in contemporary metaphysics" I show that my argument does not presuppose controversial metametaphysical assumptions.
Keywords race  philosophy of race  classification  taxonomy  philosophy of biology  Metametaphysics  Metaontology  Ontology  Deflationism  natural kinds
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