"Process-based biology: Philosophical background and Implications" with Professor John Dupré

"Human Kinds"


Video by: UTTV 19.05.2022 253 views Philosophy and Semiotics

In this and the next lecture I shall turn to the relevance of a processual metaphysics to our understanding of our own species. If the human lineage is a process, how should we think about the always controversial subkinds of the species, sex, gender and race? In the case of race, geographic origin does provide some discontinuities across the lineage, but as has already been widely acknowledged, these are extremely blurred and do not map well onto traditional race categories. Gender I take to be a set of developmental outcomes largely shaped by varying cultural norms. I shall also look at the recent suggestion that sex involves two distinct sublineages within the species (and indeed within a much larger phylogenetic grouping).