Philosophy of the Social Sciences 48 (2):139-167 (2018)

Abstract
There is a lively ongoing debate among philosophers and social scientists about the reality of race and among social scientists about the reality of caste and ethnicity. This paper tries to sort out what the issues are and makes some preliminary suggestions about what the evidence shows. Standard philosophical analyses try to find the necessary and sufficient conditions of our concept of race. I argue that this is not the best way to approach the issue and that the reality of these concepts should be taken as a scientific realism question; that is, do our best social scientific accounts of these phenomena show that appealing to the concepts of race, caste, and ethnicity is essential to successful social science explanation? I argue that in some cases that is the case and lay out the empirical issues involved.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2017, 2018
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1177/0048393117742878
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,436
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

How the Laws of Physics Lie.Nancy Cartwright - 1983 - Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
Fact, Fiction, and Forecast.Nelson Goodman - 1955 - Harvard University Press.
Causality.Judea Pearl - 2000 - Cambridge University Press.
Real Patterns.Daniel C. Dennett - 1991 - Journal of Philosophy 88 (1):27-51.

View all 29 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Concrete Ontology: Comments on Lauer, Little, and Lohse.Harold Kincaid - 2021 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 51 (1):40-47.
Optimism for Naturalized Social Metaphysics: A Reply to Hawley.Daniel Saunders - 2019 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 50 (2):138-160.
Motivating a Pragmatic Approach to Naturalized Social Ontology.Richard Lauer - forthcoming - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie:1-17.
What Is Race? Four Philosophers, Six Views.Phila Mfundo Msimang - 2022 - Philosophical Papers 51 (1):115-145.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Race and Ethnicity in Medical Research: Requirements Meet Reality.Margaret A. Winker - 2006 - Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 34 (3):520-525.
In Defense of the Metaphysics of Race.Adam Hochman - 2017 - Philosophical Studies 174 (11):2709–2729.
Chimerical Categories: Caste, Race, and Genetics.Sharjeel Sabir - 2003 - Developing World Bioethics 3 (2):170–177.
Chimerical Categories: Caste, Race, and Genetics.Sharjeel Sabir - 2003 - Developing World Bioethics 3 (2):170-177.
Race: Biological Reality or Social Construct?Robin O. Andreasen - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):666.
Race Concepts in Medicine.M. O. Hardimon - 2013 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (1):6-31.
Autobiographical Musings on Race, Caste, and Violence.Albert Mosley - 2015 - Radical Philosophy Review 18 (1):31-43.
Social Reality.Finn Collin - 1997 - Routledge.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-11-25

Total views
46 ( #248,249 of 2,519,861 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #270,671 of 2,519,861 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes