Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 469–473

Rehabilitating a biological notion of race? A response to Sesardic

Discussion Note

DOI: 10.1007/s10539-011-9249-3

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Taylor, P. Biol Philos (2011) 26: 469. doi:10.1007/s10539-011-9249-3


The point Sesardic (Biol Philos 25: 143–162, 2010) makes about the possibility of distinguishing groups for which there is a lot of within-group variation is not sufficient to rehabilitate a biological concept of race. In this note, I sketch a number of issues that quickly arise once we delve more deeply into the relevant scientific knowledge, concepts, methods, and questions for inquiry.


AncestryBiomedicineCluster analysisGenetic variationIQ scoresPhylogeneticsRace

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programs in Science, Technology & Values and Critical & Creative ThinkingUniversity of MassachusettsBostonUSA