Presenter: Ema Sullivan-Bissett
Title: Implicit Bias as Unconscious Imagining
Abstract: I propose a new model of the nature of implicit bias, according to which implicit biases are unconscious imaginings. I begin by introducing implicit bias in terms congenial to what most philosophers and psychologists have said about their nature in the literature so far. I then ask what we are looking for in an account of implicit bias, so as to lay out the desiderata to be met by my account, which then frame the discussion of its explanatory power. After canvassing models of implicit bias currently in the literature, I lay out my proposed model and the explanatory work it can do. I conclude that implicit biases should be understood as unconscious imaginings.
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