[SydPhil] CAVE/Phil Seminar on Tuesday, 15th of August. Lionel K. McPherson (Tufts), "What Deflating “Race” Means"

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Mon Aug 14 16:27:22 AEST 2017

Hi all,

The Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE), and the Macquarie Philosophy Department will host a seminar next week by CAVE visitor, Lionel K. McPherson. All welcome, no registration needed.

Lionel K. McPherson (Tufts), "What Deflating “Race” Means"

Date: Tuesday 15 August

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: W3A 501 (Blackshield room), Macquarie University (Q15 on campus map<http://www.mq.edu.au/__data/assets/image/0010/183556/Campus-Map.png>)


“Race” has long searched for a stable, suitable idea, with no consensus on a master meaning. What I call deflationary pluralism about the existence of race recognizes that various meanings may be true as far as they go but avoids murky disputes over whether there are races in some sense. There would appear to be no fundamental puzzle to solve about the metaphysics of race. In place of the race idea, I propose the idea of socioancestry. Black Americans, for example, constitute an Africa-identified, socioancestrally black subgroup. “Race” talk is not needed to sustain color-conscious approaches to social identity and social justice. Visible continental ancestry is the root of the social reality of color consciousness.

About our speaker:
Lionel K. McPherson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. He received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. His publications, which range from social and political philosophy to ethics, include “Deflating ‘Race’” (Journal of the American Philosophical Association), “Is Terrorism Distinctively Wrong?” (Ethics), and “Normativity and the Rejection of Rationalism” (Journal of Philosophy). He is completing a book, The Afterlife of Race, about racial identity, political solidarity, and Black progress.

Lionel McPherson will also give the keynote at Thursday's CAVE Symposium, Replacing Race. See mq.edu.au/cave/events<http://mq.edu.au/cave/events> for details.


Adam Hochman
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Department of Philosophy | W6A, Room 733
Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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