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Resisting RealitySocial Construction and Social Critique$
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Sally Haslanger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199892631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.001.0001

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What Are We Talking About?

What Are We Talking About?

The Semantics and Politics of Social Kinds

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(p.365) 13 What Are We Talking About?
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Resisting Reality
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Sally Haslanger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892631.003.0013

Theorists “analyzing” the concepts of race and gender disagree over whether the terms refer to natural kinds, social kinds, or nothing at all. The question arises what we mean by the terms, and it is usually assumed that ordinary intuitions of native speakers are definitive. The chapter argues that contemporary semantic externalism can usefully combine with insights from Foucauldian genealogy to challenge mainstream methods of analysis and lend credibility to social constructionist projects.

Keywords:   philosophical analysis, conceptual genealogy, concepts, method, intuitions, semantic externalism, social construction, feminism

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