Philosophy

I am a research fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My main areas of interest are philosophy of biology, philosophy of psychology (from psychoanalysis to evolutionary psychology), philosophy of language, and the history and philosophy of race

My current project is on philosophy of race. I am interested in the following questions. What is race? Is race biologically real, socially real, or not real at all? If there are no races, what are there? What is the relationship between race, racism, ethnicity and ethnocentrism? Can philosophy of language help us to define these terms? What role can the history of the race concept play in answering these questions?

I also have an ongoing interest in the relationship between proximate and evolutionary forms of explanation. I am especially interested in conflations and confusions surrounding 'how' and 'why' explanations, and how they play out in work at the intersection of biology and psychology.   

Below is my publication list. For downloadable preprints see my Philpapers page here and my Academia.edu page here

1.      Hochman, A. (2016) In Defense of the Metaphysics of Race. Philosophical Studies. doi:10.1007/s11098-016-0806-0

2.      Hochman, A. (2016) Race: Deflate or Pop? Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 57:60-68

3.   Hochman, A. & Lipphardt, V. (2016) Rasse oder Vielfalt: Was sagt die Wissensforschung? Kontroverse Annäherungen an die Kategorie race. In: Christina Isabel Brüning/Lars Deile/Martin Lücke/Julia Nahrstedt (Hg): Race, Geschichte und Historisches Lernen, Wochenschau-Verlag: Schwalbach

4.      Griffiths, P. & Hochman, A. (2015) Developmental Systems Theory. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester

5.      Hochman, A. (2015) Of Vikings and Nazis: Norwegian contributions to the rise and the fall of the idea of a superior Aryan race. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 54:84-88

6.      Hochman, A. (2014) Race Suicide. Living Archives on Eugenics. http://eugenicsarchive.ca/discover/encyclopedia/535eedb87095aa0000000250

7.      Hochman, A. (2014) Unnaturalised Racial Naturalism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 46: 79-87

8.      Hochman, A. (2013) Against the New Racial Naturalism. The Journal of Philosophy. 110(7):331-351

9.      Hochman, A. (2013) Do We Need a Device to Acquire Ethnic Concepts? Philosophy of Science. 80(5):994-1005

10.  Hochman, A. (2013) Racial discrimination: How not to do it. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 44(3):278-286

11.  Hochman, A. (2013) The Phylogeny Fallacy and the Ontogeny Fallacy. Biology & Philosophy 28(4):593-612

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