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PhilPapers survey mini-series: Biological-ness of race
In November 2009, David Bourget and David Chalmers conducted the first PhilPapers Survey of the philosophical views of professional philosophers. They wrote an article on the results ("What Do Philosophers Believe?", and made various other information available. They're now planning a second survey, to be conducted in February 2020, just over ten years after the first survey.
According to a discussion post by one of the survey's architects, the survey will be given out to professional philosophers in the English-speaking world:
The target population for the 2020 survey will probably be tenured/tenure-track/permanent faculty in BA-granting philosophy departments (or the equivalent) in the English-speaking world (more precisely, in the so-called Anglosphere of US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK).
In the 2020 PhilPapers Surveys what percentage of respondents will "accept" or "lean toward: yes" on race being biological, as opposed to being social or unreal?
See here for a discussion of this question by Chalmers.
Note that it is expected that there will be an option to allow people to select multiple answers (source).
This question resolves as the percent of all respondents on the particular question that "accept" or "lean toward: yes" on race being biological. This question closes 2 days before the release of the results of the 2020 PhilPapers Surveys.
The relevant percentage of respondents will be calculated using the default settings in the previous survey, i.e. with 'Target faculty' for 'population' and 'All respondents' for 'AOS'. If the display options change, then the admins will select that combination of options that best matches those settings. If the defaults change, we will still use the 2009 defaults.
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