A Radical Solution to the Race Problem

Philosophy of Science 81 (5):1025-1038 (2014)
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Quayshawn Spencer
University of Pennsylvania
Abstract
It has become customary among philosophers and biologists to claim that folk racial classification has no biological basis. This paper attempts to debunk that view. In this paper, I show that ‘race’, as used in current U.S. race talk, picks out a biologically real entity. I do this by, first, showing that ‘race’, in this use, is not a kind term, but a proper name for a set of human population groups. Next, using recent human genetic clustering results, I show that this set of human population groups is a partition of human populations that I call ‘the Blumenbach partition’.
Keywords Race  Genetics  Populations
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DOI 10.1086/677694
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