What Is Race?
Four Philosophical Views
Joshua Glasgow, Sally Haslanger, Chike Jeffers, and Quayshawn Spencer
Reviews and Awards
"...a rich and satisfying book that presents four key views on the metaphysics of race in critical conversation with one another." -- Katharine Jenkins, Metascience
"Philosophy of race has experienced a vibrant period of development over the last three decades, and the fruits of this development, as well as its continuation, are fully on display in this book of essays and responses from four of the leading figures in the field...the book exemplifies the use of philosophical methods and theories to advance discussion about matters of considerable complexity and import....the essays are, from the beginning, developed not only with an eye to articulating each author's preferred theory, but in conversation with one another as well as with the larger body of recent work in philosophy of race. Combine that with each author's clear and careful exposition of the issues, and there is simply no better book through which to become familiar with the state-of-the-art regarding the metaphysics of race. It will be useful as an introduction, as well as required reading for philosophers working in this area" -- Australasian Journal of Philosophy
"The book makes clear that, in addition to being real, the metaphysical debate over race (understood as a complex dispute that includes a semantic and normative dimension) is alive and well. It brings together, in one convenient volume, the metaphysical accounts of race of four prominent philosophers of race at the cutting edge of the field...[the] book provides a wonderful snapshot of the current state of the metaphysics of race. It will be of interest to philosophers unfamiliar with that debate who would like to know what is going on in the field. It will also be of interest to philosophers familiar with the work of Glasgow, Haslanger, Jeffers, and Spencer who would like to see the latest presentations of their views. This volume could serve as the centerpiece of graduate seminars on race or as a text in upper-level undergraduate philosophy classes. It is a book well worth having." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews