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"A Metaphysical Mapping Problem for Race Theorists and Human Population Geneticists"

Quayshawn Spencer, University of Pennsylvania
December 4, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

via Zoom

"A Metaphysical Mapping Problem for Race Theorists and Human Population Geneticists"

Quayshawn Spencer, University of Pennsylvania, will be giving a talk.

Abstract. In this chapter, I identify and clarify a metaphysical mapping phenomenon that’s almost twenty years old. The phenomenon is that the populations at a fivefold subdivision of humans into biological populations—the so-called human continental populations—correspond one-to-one with the five official races of the Office of Management and Budget in the US government. After introducing and defending a four-step deductive argument that involves a key premise justified with extensive abductive and eliminative reasoning, I conclude that the metaphysical relation that’s exemplified by the aforementioned one-to-one correspondence is identity. I end by exploring interesting implications of this identity thesis for metaphysicians of race and NIH-funded medical scientists.