Realism, Antirealism, and Conventionalism about Race

  title={Realism, Antirealism, and Conventionalism about Race},
  author={Jonathan Michael Kaplan and Rasmus Gr{\o}nfeldt Winther},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={1039 - 1052}
This paper distinguishes three concepts of “race”: bio-genomic cluster/race, biological race, and social race. We map out realism, antirealism, and conventionalism about each of these, in three important historical episodes: Frank Livingstone and Theodosius Dobzhansky in 1962, A. W. F. Edwards’s 2003 response to Lewontin’s 1972 paper, and contemporary discourse. Semantics is especially crucial to the first episode, while normativity is central to the second. Upon inspection, each episode also… 

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