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date: 06 December 2019

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Philosophical concerns about the reality of race often depend on the examination of our ordinary race concepts, and whether the biological sciences might support the existence of those concepts. We can approach these philosophical concerns by looking at how we might define a race concept from both ordinary discourse (the folk definition), and from the viewpoint of the biological sciences (as a subspecies or population cluster). After noting the difficulties with giving a satisfactory definition of race in both domains, we can see more clearly why our race concepts cannot claim any obvious support from the biological sciences.

Keywords: folk definition, subspecies, population cluster, race realism, race definition

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