University of Chicago
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 1985
San Diego, California, United States of America
Areas of Interest
19th Century Philosophy
  •  10
    Four Ways of Thinking about Race
    The Harvard Review of Philosophy 26 103-113. 2019.
    This essay presents four ways of thinking about race. They consist of four related but distinct race concepts: the racialist concept of race, which is the traditional, pernicious, essentialist, and hierarchical concept of race; the concept of socialrace, which is the antiracist concept of race as a social construction; the minimalist concept of race, which is the deflationary concept of biological race that represents race as a matter of color, shape and geographical ancestry; and the population…Read more
  •  20
  •  8
    The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts (review)
    Journal of Philosophy 94 (1): 46-54. 1997.
  •  311
    The Ordinary Concept of Race
    Journal of Philosophy 100 (9): 437-455. 2003.
  •  45
    This book provides an authoritative account of Hegel's social philosophy at a level that presupposes no specialised knowledge of the subject. Hegel's social theory is designed to reconcile the individual with the modern social world. Michael Hardimon explores the concept of reconciliation in detail and discusses Hegel's views on the relationship between individuality and social membership, and on the family, civil society, and the state. The book is an important addition to the string of major s…Read more
  •  16
    Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy
    In David Papineau (ed.), Philosophy, Oxford University Press. pp. 5--2. 2009.
  •  11
  •  131
    The concept of socialrace
    Philosophy and Social Criticism (1): 0191453713498252. 2013.
    Explication of the concept of socialrace: the concept variously refers to (1) a social group that is taken to be a racialist race, (2) the social position occupied by a particular social group that is a socialrace and (3) the system of social positions that are socialraces. Socialrace is distinguished from other more familiar forms of social construction. The sense in which socialrace counts as a race concept is explained. The advantages of the term ‘socialrace’ are discussed. The desiderata for…Read more
  •  52
    The Struggle for Recognition
    Journal of Philosophy 94 (1): 46-54. 1997.
  •  91
    Race Concepts in Medicine
    Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (1): 6-31. 2013.
    Confusions about the place of race in medicine result in part from a failure to recognize the plurality of race concepts. Recognition that the ordinary concept of race is not identical to the racialist concept of race makes it possible to ask whether there might be a legitimate place for the deployment of concepts of race in medical contexts. Two technical race concepts are considered. The concept of social race is the concept of a social group that is taken to be a racialist race. It is apt for…Read more
  •  182
    The Idea of a Scientific Concept of Race
    Journal of Philosophical Research 37 249-282. 2012.
    This article challenges the orthodox view that there is and can be no scientifically valid concept of race applicable to human beings by presenting a candidate scientific concept of biological race. The populationist concept of race specifies that a “race” is a subdivision of Homo sapiens—a group of populations that exhibits a distinctive pattern of genetically transmitted phenotypic characters and that belongs to an endogamous biological lineage initiated by a geographically separated and repro…Read more
  •  33
    Hegel’s Social Philosophy: The Project of Reconciliation
    Philosophical Review 105 (1): 128. 1996.
    Michael Hardimon’s new book is a valuable study of Hegel’s social and political philosophy. Hardimon takes seriously Hegel’s intention to offer a social philosophy that can reconcile people to the modern social world. Since Hegel’s own presentation of his philosophy is motivated by a number of competing concerns, Hardimon’s admirable success at reconstructing Hegel’s view in accordance with this fundamental intention offers an important and insightful perspective on Hegel’s project. The focal po…Read more
  •  439
    Role obligations
    Journal of Philosophy 91 (7): 333-363. 1994.