A Realist Metaphysics of Race: A Context-Sensitive, Short-Term Retentionist, Long-Term Revisionist Approach

2015.05.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeremy Pierce, A Realist Metaphysics of Race: A Context-Sensitive, Short-Term Retentionist, Long-Term Revisionist Approach,
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2015.05.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeremy Pierce, A Realist Metaphysics of Race: A Context-Sensitive, Short-Term Retentionist, Long-Term Revisionist Approach, Lexington Books, 2015, 163pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780739175606. Reviewed by Dwayne A. Tunstall, Grand Valley State University Jeremy Pierce applies "the fruits of philosophical work in contemporary [analytic] metaphysics and related disciplines" (xi) to his investigation of what races are and how racial classifications work. Those related disciplines include cognitive science, experimental philosophy, philosophy of biology, and philosophy of language. This investigation is an example of what he calls "applied metaphysics"(x). Pierce first investigates what kinds of entities races are (chapters 1-6). This investigation leads him to adopt a realist metaphysics of race. In that metaphysics, races are not natural kinds, but are social kinds. Pierce then advocates a context-sensitive. . .

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