Discussion Note

Biology & Philosophy

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 469-473

First online:

Rehabilitating a biological notion of race? A response to Sesardic

  • Peter TaylorAffiliated withPrograms in Science, Technology & Values and Critical & Creative Thinking, University of Massachusetts Email author 

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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.


Ancestry Biomedicine Cluster analysis Genetic variation IQ scores Phylogenetics Race