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What is Race? Four Philosophical Views

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2020.03.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joshua Glasgow, Sally Haslanger, Chike Jeffers, and Quayshawn Spencer, What is Race? Four Philosophical Views, Oxford University Press, 2019, 283pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780190610180. Reviewed by Michael O. Hardimon, University of California San Diego In his provocative 2006 essay, “‘Race’: Normative, Not Metaphysical or Semantic,” Ron Mallon argues that much of the apparent metaphysical debate over race is an illusion.1 There is widespread agreement that racialist race (race conceived of in essentialist and hierarchical terms) is unreal. The remaining metaphysical debate (over whether race understood in a non-racialist way is real) is mostly illusory, since the parties to the dispute operate with different understandings of the word ‘race’ and different theories of meaning. The real substantive philosophical dispute is normative; it concerns what we want our racial concepts, terms, and practices to do. The welcome appearance of this book suggests that Mallon may have overlooked the possibility that the proper understanding of the terms... Read More

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