Classification, Natural Kinds & Conceptual Change (Race As Case Study) OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course

Published Jan 12, 2009

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'Classification, Natural Kinds & Conceptual Change: Race as Case Study,' offered by the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT) Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, is a graduate-level course discussing the controversial issue of race. More specifically, this course will consider whether or not race even exists as a natural kind.

Classification, Natural Kinds & Conceptual Change: Race as Case Study: Course Specifics

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Classification, Natural Kinds & Conceptual Change: Race as Case Studyy: Course Description

Professors Sally Haslanger and Koffi Maglo present controversial questions about race in their course 'Classification, Natural Kinds & Conceptual Change: Race as Case Study.' This course is offered by MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Combining the disciplines of biology, philosophy, genetics, sociology and history, the course readings assist students in considering whether race is a natural or invented phenomenon and how we should analyze the concept of race. Specific topics include natural kinds terms and classifications, a historical background on the notion of race, the DNA revolution and genomics and medicine and health policy as they relate to race. In addition to the readings, students also make use of the website, The History of Race in Science, www.racesci.org. Students are encouraged to write an extended term paper exploring a topic of their own choosing and how it relates to a selected course reading. The course is developed for graduate students interested in the areas of linguistics and philosophy.

This free OpenCourseWare includes a list of readings from selected books and journals. To download the syllabus and reading list, visit the course page for classification, natural kinds and conceptual change.

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