Philosophical Studies

, Volume 171, Issue 1, pp 109–119 | Cite as

Race, intersectionality, and method: a reply to critics

  • Sally Haslanger

It is a great honor to have such excellent commentary on my book, and I am happy to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with others who have done such important work on the topics. I will reply to the commentaries separately, beginning with the critique by Charles Mills (2013) and moving on to Karen Jones’s (2013).

Reply to Mills

Revisiting my project

Mills considers four views that pose challenges to my account of race as a hierarchical social category.

(1) Kitcher ( 2007) and Andreasen ( 1998) (and others) argue that there is a biological reality to race. If, as I argue, it is not helpful to draw a sharp boundary between the social and the natural, should we embrace their framework and allow that race is both social and biological? Or is biologism’s history too troublesome for that? Am I implicitly committed to a problematic naturalism about race myself, given that I embrace a broad naturalism?

So a remapping of this contrast would be something like the “natural” unmediated by...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and PhilosophyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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