Logic & Philosophy of Science Colloquium


Michael O. Hardimon
  University of California, San Diego

"The Idea of a Scientific Concept of Race"


This talk seeks to articulate and defend a distinctive scientifically valid concept of race applicable to human beings that is continuous with the common sense concept of race, non-racist, and does not lend itself to racist use. The concept is distinguished from competing candidate scientific race concepts. It is articulated by being compared and contrasted with Mayr's biological species concept, defended against standard objections, and its political value is assessed. Included are a novel interpretation of recent data from population genetics and a new account of the race concept's scientific utility.

Friday, December 2, 2005
SST 777
3 pm

Refreshments will be served