[SydPhil] MQ lunchtime seminar - Adam Hochman

Rachael Brown rachael.brown at mq.edu.au
Fri Mar 6 11:34:20 AEDT 2015

Please note the following upcoming event as part of the Macquarie
University Lunchtime Seminar Series.
****Please note the different room to last week ****

In Defence of the Metaphysics of Race

Dr. Adam Hochman (Macquarie University)
Tuesday March 10th, 1-2pm
W3A Rm 501 (Blackshield Room)

Philosophers have been increasingly active in the debate about the reality
of race since it heated up in the new millennium. Some argue against the
reality of race. Some argue that race is real. A few – and it is with these
scholars that this talk is concerned – have defended a deflationist
position which would subvert the debate about the reality of race. These
deflationists are against metaphysical approaches to the debate. While the
anti-metaphysicians do not all agree on what the metaphysics of race
actually entails, they do agree that the use of racial concepts should be
determined on normative, rather than metaphysical, grounds.

In this talk I will defend the metaphysics of race against the criticisms
of its opponents. I will argue that alongside a debate about whether or not
'race talk' is useful or harmful in various contexts we ought to have a
debate about what ‘race’ means and whether it is real. That is, we ought to
pursue the metaphysics of race alongside other valuable projects.

*Feel free to bring your lunch. Bring a coffee mug if you would like a tea
or coffee.*

Contact: Rachael Brown (rachael.brown at mq.edu.au), Paul Formosa (
paul.formosa at mq.edu.au), Mike Olson (mike.olson at mq.edu.au)

A google calendar with details of other events in this series is available
for viewing and subscription by following this link:


Other upcoming talks in this series:
March 18th: Rachael Briggs (ANU) *** Please note the change of date****
March 24th: Richard Menary (Macquarie)
March 31st: Katrina Hutchison (Macquarie)
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