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Much of the literature on the nature and limits of using race as a scientific variable in medicine focuses primarily on United States (US) racial categories. This focus on the US is seemingly justified by ‘contextualism’ - the assumption that we must limit discussion of race and its deployment to a specific national context because “there is ...

Philosophy of RaceContributed Papers

What is the connection between capitalism and racial hierarchy? In line with the theoretical tradition known as “the theory of racial capitalism” we show that the latter can functionally support the former. As a social construction, race has just those features which allow it to facilitate stable, inequitable distributions of resources. We supp...

Philosophy of RaceSymposium

Many normative questions about race have been addressed by social and political philosophers. These philosophers use philosophical approaches quite distinct from those found in the philosophy of science. The merits of these approaches notwithstanding, the complexity of social phenomena involving race raises several methodological issues that philos...

Philosophy of RaceSymposium

Feminist Philosophy of SciencePoster

The use of racial categories in medical research and practice remains a topic of contestation and heated debate. However, much of the philosophical debate has been geographically limited, focusing primarily on the United States (US) context and the use of race in the US sense. Given that racial categories and racial schemas vary significantly acros...

Philosophy of RaceSymposium

Philosophy of RaceUPSS Session Submission

Is race real? If so, what exactly is it? These questions have captivated both philosophers and social scientists alike. Participants in these debates frequently appeal to race’s role in explaining various social phenomena, though they rarely engage with empirical social science. In this paper, we will argue that the kinds of empirical success tha...

Philosophy of RaceContributed Papers

Race is frequently treated as an explanatory variable in causal models throughout the social sciences. Yet, there is lively disagreement about the causal status of race. This disagreement arises from three claims that jointly form a paradox: (1) all causes are manipulable; (2) race is a cause; and (3) race is not manipulable. Non-manipulationists r...

Philosophy of RaceContributed Papers