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What Is Race?Four Philosophical Views$
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Joshua Glasgow, Sally Haslanger, Chike Jeffers, and Quayshawn Spencer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190610173.001.0001

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Glasgow’s Reply to Haslanger, Jeffers, and Spencer

Glasgow’s Reply to Haslanger, Jeffers, and Spencer

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(p.245) 8 Glasgow’s Reply to Haslanger, Jeffers, and Spencer
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What Is Race?
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Joshua Glasgow

Sally Haslanger

Chike Jeffers

Quayshawn Spencer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190610173.003.0009

In Chapter 4, Joshua Glasgow argued that race in the ordinary sense is defined in such a way that race cannot be a social construction and is not a biological reality. That chapter concluded with the claim that either race is not real, or if it is, it is real in a very basic way that is not captured by social or biological facts. In this chapter, Glasgow develops his view by responding to Haslanger, Jeffers, and Spencer. After first clearing up some misconceptions about racial anti-realism, Glasgow explains how his argument against constructionism applies to Haslanger’s and Jeffers’s specific constructionist theories. He then explores how Spencer’s view is exposed to a mismatch objection and further argues that it faces additional problems of accounting for some central kinds of communication. This chapter also includes an Appendix that explores how a wide methodological ground is shared among the theories presented in this book.

Keywords:   race, biology, identity, social construction, basic realism, anti-realism

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