By Joshua Glasgow
Social commentators have lengthy requested no matter if racial different types might be conserved or eradicated from our practices, discourse, associations, and even perhaps inner most options. In A thought of Race,В Joshua Glasgow argues that this set of selections unnecessarily provides us with too few options.
Using either conventional philosophical instruments and up to date mental learn to enquire folks understandings of race, Glasgow argues that, as in general conceived, race is an phantasm. even if, our urgent have to communicate to and make feel of social existence calls for that we hire whatever like racial discourse. those competing pressures, Glasgow continues, finally require us to prevent conceptualizing race as whatever organic, and as a substitute are aware of it as a wholly social phenomenon.
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37; 1996a, 15, n. 8). 11 Thus our conclusion should be only that those who continue to insist on thicker analyses of racial concepts have some work to do. They must either deny what appear to be compelling intuitions 11 Again, it is worth restating what will be the main thesis of the next chapter, namely that it might help to test this assumption and empirically study how people actually respond to the various thought experiments considered in this chapter. If it turns out that my intuitions are idiosyncratic, I should give them up (otherwise I might be like the guy who says, ‘Horses are plants’).
Stipulate that the way the natural world regulates our use of ‘wrong’ is captured in a consequentialist theory, Tc. Twin-English moral discourse, though, has this wrinkle: the twin-English use of ‘wrong’ is regulated by Moral Twin Earth in a way that is captured in some rival, deontological theory, Td (perhaps because Twin Earthlings more readily feel guilt, in contrast to Earthlings, who more readily feel sympathy). The question Horgan and Timmons ask us to consider is the same that Putnam has us consider: is our ‘wrong’ inter-translatable with 28 Thinning Out the Concept of Race twin-English ‘wrong’?
How can we resolve this dilemma? We might appeal to cluster concepts (Outlaw 1996a, 1996b), or we might say that the ordinary concept of race is incoherent, but I think another solution is available: we can modify H1 to say that members of racial groups by and large have the relevant, distinctive racial traits. Put more precisely, the concept of a race is, at least in part, the concept of a group of human beings that is (H1*) distinguished from other human beings by visible physical features, of the relevant kind, that the group has to some significantly disproportionate extent (cf.