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The Ontology of Race

Now available at 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology:

"The Ontology of Race"

Author: Abiral Chitrakar Phnuyal
Category: Philosophy of Race, MetaphysicsPhilosophy of ScienceEthicsSocial and Political Philosophy
Word Count: 998
Various racial concepts have been employed at different times in human history – most prominently since the 17th century[1] – to classify humans into groups, often to great social, political, ethical, medical, and scientific significance. But what are races, and on what are they grounded?

1000-Word Philosophy

If you are interested in this project, please consider developing and submitting short essays on race-related philosophical issues here, at 1000-Word Philosophy: 



We’re always looking for authors to contribute and seek a diverse set of essays, on a wide range of philosophical issues, questions, figures and traditions. If you’re interested in contributing a 1000-word essay (or essays) on a philosophical topic that interest you and that you think would interest our readers, email us. Please either send us your full essay for review, or an essay proposal, or any other inquiries regarding the appropriateness and desirability of your topic and approach.
We are especially interested in essays on topics frequently addressed in introductory courses, as well as topics that are difficult to cover in introductory courses because the relevant literature is difficult for first-year students. We especially welcome material addressing under-represented philosophical traditions, including global philosophy, philosophy of race, LGBTQIA issues, and more. A Call for Papers flyer is available here.
A submission template is available in Word and Google Docs.
Why contribute? 1000-Word Philosophy currently has a few hundred online visitors each day, and we are working to increase those numbers, so your essay will be highly visible to a global readership. We are also looking into ways to try to track the use of the essays, for example, in teaching and as sources for online discussion. We are also planning to eventually compile the essays into an open-access and open-source print collection that will be ideal for classroom use, as well as the general reader. If you are interested in developing ideal materials for both teaching and public philosophy, then 1000-Word Philosophy is for you.

Domain Available

Do you have a very good purpose for which this domain name -- PhilosophyofRace.com -- would be useful for? If so, contact me and we can talk about transferring it.


This book's original purpose (clear, well-organized introductory readings on philosophical issues about race) would be well served if anyone would write and submit (and publish) more writings and presentations on philosophy of race either at 1000 Word Philosophy, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and/or WiPhi, at least! (I have no official connections to most of these webpages; here I merely suggest that authors consider developing materials on philosophy of race for them).

Here are some topics:
  • A general overview of philosophy of race
  • What are races? 
    • Different theories on what races are (biological theories, social theories, etc.).
    • Mixed race: if races can be 'mixed', this seems to say something about what they are.
  • Eliminativism or conservationism about race.
  • Something on whiteness or white privilege.
  • Racism: what is racism? Different theories on the nature of racism. 
    • Why is racism wrong? 
    • Is there any kind of racial preferences that are not wrong?
  • Reparations. 
  • Much, much more! http://philpapers.org/browse/philosophy-of-race 


Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness
The following resources provide information about diversity and inclusiveness within philosophy as well as strategies and best practices for improving the climate in the field for women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups. If you have a resource you would like to see added to this list, please send us your suggestion.
The APA's board of officers recently created a task force on diversity and inclusion, chaired by Elizabeth Anderson. The task force welcomes suggestions from members of the association and the profession.

Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness

APA Diversity and Inclusiveness Syllabus Collection

The Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession has launched a collection of syllabi related to diversity and inclusiveness. The syllabi are now available and may be used as a resource for those teaching philosophy to create more diverse and inclusive courses.

APA Membership Demographics

For a number of years, there have been calls for the APA to improve and increase its tracking of member demographics. We are very pleased to now be able to provide this kind of information to and about our membership. Though, for this first year of reporting, the information provided is somewhat limited, we plan to expand and increase the data reported in future years. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improvements to our collection and reporting of demographic data. Suggestions may be emailed to membership@apaonline.org.

Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy

There are a number of undergraduate diversity institutes supporting and encouraging students from underrepresented groups—such as people of color, women, LGBT+ people, people with disabilities, and people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—studying philosophy. These institutes help introduce undergraduates to philosophy as a career and help prepare them for graduate school.

Cancelling Book Project


On 2/27/16, I sent out emails to contributors saying that, for a variety of reasons, and with a heavy heart, I am stopping work on this book project.

I do hope to find another way to address the motivating goals for this project at a later date.

Thanks to all for their support!

This page will remain a source for philosophical materials concerning race.

- Nathan Nobis