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What Is Race?Four Philosophical Views$
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Joshua Glasgow, Sally Haslanger, Chike Jeffers, and Quayshawn Spencer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190610173.001.0001

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Spencer’s Reply to Glasgow, Haslanger, and Jeffers

Spencer’s Reply to Glasgow, Haslanger, and Jeffers

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(p.203) 7 Spencer’s Reply to Glasgow, Haslanger, and Jeffers
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What Is Race?
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Joshua Glasgow

Sally Haslanger

Chike Jeffers

Quayshawn Spencer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190610173.003.0008

Quayshawn Spencer clarifies that his defense of biological racial realism in Chapter 3—which is called “OMB race theory”—is meant to be a part of a larger radically pluralist theory about the nature and reality of race in American English. Next, Spencer defends OMB race theory against the South Asian mismatch objection from Glasgow and Jeffers. Third, Spencer raises an empirical adequacy objection against Glasgow’s, Haslanger’s, and Jeffers’s race theories insofar as they are unable to predict how race and races are talked about in multiple national discussions, such as whether Rachel Dolezal is wrong to claim a Black racial identity and whether Harvard University has been unlawfully discriminating against Asian applicants in undergraduate admissions.

Keywords:   race, genetics, biology, biological racial realism, pluralism, population, Rachel Dolezal, affirmative action

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