Hi all,

The Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics (CAVE), 
and the Macquarie Philosophy Department will host a seminar next week by CAVE 
visitor, Lionel K. McPherson. All welcome, no registration needed.

Lionel K. McPherson (Tufts), "What Deflating “Race” Means"

Date: Tuesday 15 August

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: W3A 501 (Blackshield room), Macquarie University (Q15 on campus 


“Race” has long searched for a stable, suitable idea, with no consensus on a 
master meaning. What I call deflationary pluralism about the existence of race 
recognizes that various meanings may be true as far as they go but avoids murky 
disputes over whether there are races in some sense. There would appear to be 
no fundamental puzzle to solve about the metaphysics of race. In place of the 
race idea, I propose the idea of socioancestry. Black Americans, for example, 
constitute an Africa-identified, socioancestrally black subgroup. “Race” talk 
is not needed to sustain color-conscious approaches to social identity and 
social justice. Visible continental ancestry is the root of the social reality 
of color consciousness.

About our speaker:

Lionel K. McPherson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University. 
He received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard University. His publications, 
which range from social and political philosophy to ethics, include “Deflating 
‘Race’” (Journal of the American Philosophical Association), “Is Terrorism 
Distinctively Wrong?” (Ethics), and “Normativity and the Rejection of 
Rationalism” (Journal of Philosophy). He is completing a book, The Afterlife of 
Race, about racial identity, political solidarity, and Black progress.

Lionel McPherson will also give the keynote at Thursday's CAVE Symposium, 
Replacing Race. See mq.edu.au/cave/events<http://mq.edu.au/cave/events> for 

See you then!


Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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