Implicit Bias and Philosophy: Moral Responsibility, Structural Injustice, and Ethics: Volume 2

ISBN : 9780198766179

Michael Brownstein; Jennifer Saul
304 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2016
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There is abundant evidence that most people, often in spite of their conscious beliefs, values and attitudes, have implicit biases. 'Implicit bias' is a term of art referring to evaluations of social groups that are largely outside conscious awareness or control. These evaluations are typically thought to involve associations between social groups and concepts or roles like 'violent,' 'lazy,' 'nurturing,' 'assertive,' 'scientist,' and so on. Such associations result at least in part from common stereotypes found in contemporary liberal societies about members of these groups. Implicit Bias and Philosophy brings the work of leading philosophers and psychologists together to explore core areas of psychological research on implicit (or unconscious) bias, as well as the ramifications of implicit bias for core areas of philosophy. Volume 2: Moral Responsibility, Structural Injustice, and Ethics is comprised of three sections. 'Moral Responsibility for Implicit Bias' contains chapters examining the relationship of implicit biases to concepts that are central to moral responsibility, including control, awareness, reasons-responsiveness, and alienation. The chapters in the second section-'Structural Injustice'-explore the connections between the implicit biases held by individuals and the structural injustices of the societies in which they are situated. And finally, the third section-'The Ethics of Implicit Bias: Theory and Practice'-contains chapters examining strategies for implicit attitude change, the ramifications of research on implicit bias for philosophers working in ethics, and suggestions for combatting implicit biases in the fields of philosophy and law. This volume can be read independently of, or in conjunction with, Volume I: Metaphysics and Epistemology, which addresses key metaphysical and epistemological questions on implicit bias, including the effect of implicit bias on scientific research, gender stereotypes in philosophy, and the role of heuristics in biased reasoning.


Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul: Introduction

Section One: Moral Responsibility for Implicit Bias
1.1 Natalia Washington and Daniel Kelly: Whose Responsible for This? Moral Responsibility, Externalism, and Knowledge about Implicit Bias
1.2 Joshua Glasgow: Alienation and Responsibility
1.3 Robin Zheng: Attributablity, Accountability, and Implicit Attitudes
1.4 Maureen Sie and Nicole van Voorst Vader-Bours: Stereotypes and Prejudice: Whose Responsibility? Indirect Personal Responsibility for Implicit Bias
1.5 Luc Faucher: Revisionism and Moral Responsibility

Section Two: Structural Injustice
2.1 Lawrence Blum: The Too Minimal Political, Moral, and Civil Dimension of Claude Steele's 'Stereotype Threat' Paradigm
2.2 Anne Jacobson: Reducing Bias: Attitudinal and Institutional Change

Section Three: The Ethics of Implicit Bias: Theory and Practice
3.1 Clea F. Rees: A Virtue Ethics Response to Implicit Bias
3.2 Michael Brownstein: Implicit Bias, Context, and Character
3.3 Samantha Brennan: The Moral Status of Micro-Inequities: In Favour of Institutional Solutions
3.4 Katya Hosking and Roseanne Russell: Discrimination Law, Equity Law, and Implicit Bias

About the author: 

Michael Brownstein is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College/City University of New York. His research focuses on philosophy of psychology and cognitive science, with emphasis on the nature of the implicit mind. In 2014-2015 he was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and visiting faculty at Deep Springs College. His published articles on automaticity, spontaneity, and implicit bias have appeared in journals such as Philosophical Studies, Mind and Language, and the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. These mark a small transition from his first publication, 'The Wonderful World of Tame Reptiles', in Reptile Hobbyist. ; Jennifer Saul is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield and Director of the Society for Women in Philosophy UK. Her research is primarily in philosophy of language, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of race. She is the author of Lying, Misleading, and What is Said (OUP, 2012); Simple Sentences, Substitution, and Intuitions (OUP, 2007); and Feminism: Issues and Arguments (OUP, 2003). She directed the Leverhulme International Network in Implicit Bias and Philosophy (2011-2013) that gave rise to these volumes. She has also served as a consultant on a zombie movie script.

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