Quayshawn Spencer, Linguistics and Philosophy

I have a hypothesis that the race being investigated in the philosophical race debate is identical to the race being investigated in the biomedical race debate, but is not identical to the race being investigated in the biological race debate.

QUAYSHAWN SPENCER - thoughts on his paper, 'Is there space for race in evolutionary biology?'

 

Visiting Professor 2009-2010
Hosted by Prof. Sally Haslanger, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy

Quayshawn Spencer Quayshawn Spencer is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy at University of San Francisco. He earned his PhD at Stanford University and specializes in the philosophy of science and biology, with interest in Newtonian studies, philosophy of race and ethics.

2009-2010 Scholars

Quayshawn Spencer is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy at University of San Francisco. Prof. Spencer specializes in the philosophy of science and biology, with interest in Newtonian studies, philosophy of race and ethics.

He holds a BA in Chemistry and an MA in Biology from Cornell University. He earned his PhD and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.

His faculty mentor at MIT was Prof. Sally Haslanger in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. As an MLK Visiting Professor, Prof. Spencer taught one course, a graduate seminar in philosophy of biology with an emphasis on race as a case study. In addition to teaching and research, he participated in a variety of workshops and seminars and engaged with colleagues in the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology and Medicine in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

Peer Reviewed
  1. Spencer, Q. (forthcoming). A Radical Solution to the Race ProblemPhilosophy of Science.
  2. Botts, T.F., Bright, L.K., Cherry, M., Mallarangeng, G., and Spencer, Q. (forthcoming). What Is the State of Blacks in Philosophy? Critical Philosophy of Race.
  3. Spencer, Q. (2014). The Unnatural Racial Naturalism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 46(in progress): 38-43.
  4. Spencer, Q. (2013). Biological Theory and the Metaphysics of Race: A Reply to Kaplan and Winther. Biological Theory 8(1): 114-120.
  5. Spencer, Q. (2012). What 'Biological Racial Realism' Should Mean. Philosophical Studies 159(2): 181-204.
  6. Spencer, Q. (2004). Do Newton's Rules of Reasoning Guarantee Truth ... Must They? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A 35(4): 759-782
Other Publications
  1. Spencer, Q. (2013). Introduction to "Is There Space for Race in Evolutionary Biology?" Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. (Featured here on Dugdug.com)
  2. Spencer, Q. (2013). "Race", in The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Hugh LaFollette (ed.). Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.
  3. Spencer, Q. (2009). Is Cladistic Race a Genuine Kind? Ph.D. Thesis. Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
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