Several noted social scientists have argued that race is an illegitimate concept and can only foster racism and related evils. The everyday concept of race is too crude to serve molecular biologists and government policymakers well, but does it follow that race is a completely arbitrary and meaningless concept that necessarily impedes justice and social harmony?

Max Hocutt is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Alabama.
Culture and SocietyRace Issues
Other Independent Review articles by Max Hocutt
Fall 2013 The Fruits and Fallacies of Fred Skinner on Freedom
Summer 2012 Rights: Rhetoric versus Reality
Winter 2007/08 In Defense of Herbert Spencer
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