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How Race Travels. Relating Local and Global Ontologies of Race. Philosophical Studies

Ludwig, David (2018) How Race Travels. Relating Local and Global Ontologies of Race. Philosophical Studies. [Preprint]

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This article develops a framework for addressing racial ontologies in transnational perspective. In contrast to simple contextualist accounts, it is argued that a globally engaged metaphysics of race needs to address transnational continuities of racial ontologies. In contrast to unificationist accounts that aim for one globally unified ontology, it is argued that questions about the nature and reality of race do not always have the same answers across national contexts. In order address racial ontologies in global perspective, the article develops a framework that accounts for both continuities and discontinuities by looking beyond the referents of narrowly defined core concepts. By shifting the focus from narrow concepts to richer conceptions of race, racial ontologies become comparable through globally related but nonetheless distinct mappings between conceptions and property relations. The article concludes by showing how this framework can generate novel insights in case studies from Asia, Europe, and Latin America.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Ludwig, Daviddavidundludwig@gmail.com
Keywords: Philosophy of Race, Ontology, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Biology, Comparative Philosophy, Conceptions
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
General Issues > Science and Society
Specific Sciences > Sociology
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr David Ludwig
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2018 14:18
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2018 14:18
Item ID: 14907
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
General Issues > Science and Society
Specific Sciences > Sociology
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14907

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