The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series

The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series
24 April 2018, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Magali Bessone  ( Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne )

What is Wrong with Implicit Race Bias and How to Fix It

After briefly recalling the consensual main objectives of the academic psychology fields that center on Implicit Racial Bias (IRB): to raise awareness and accurately measure the extent of hidden prejudice on the basis that it appears to be associated with explicit racism, I'll focus on the broader disagreement which exists over why IRB is morally wrong. I shall defend a consequentialist view and suggest that IRB is wrong because it has major epistemic costs. Lastly, I'll suggest that reducing implicit racial biases should be an important part of epistemic justice, and that such a task requires the implementation of institutional constraints on individuals’ social environment.

The Institute of Philosophy hosts a regular workshop series entitled ‘The Practical, the Political, and the Ethical’. The series was created in 2015 by Véronique Munoz-Dardé (UCL) and Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck) in order to discuss work in progress from visiting speakers. This year the series is convened by Véronique Munoz-Dardé (UCL) and Amanda Greene (UCL). The seminar generally meets on alternate Tuesdays from 5.30 to 7.30pm in the spring and summer terms. Talks are normally 50 minutes (no pre-circulation of the paper), followed by discussion. All are welcome. 


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