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Maria Forsberg: "Should We Explain Racism in Terms of Patchy Endorsements?”

  • Datum: 2017-09-28 kl 19:00 21:00
  • Plats: Engelska parken - Eng2-1077
  • Arrangör: Filosofiska föreningen i Uppsala
  • Kontaktperson: Sebastian Lutz
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Maria Forsberg, Stockholms universitet: "Should We Explain Racism in Terms of Patchy Endorsements?”

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Abstract
Many people who sincerely assert that all races are equal nevertheless exhibit tendencies to treat blacks differently from whites. For example, they tend to prefer a white a job applicant over an equally qualified black applicant, give a black person less speaking time than a white person, and make less eye contact with a black person than a white person.

Neil Levy has recently introduced what he takes to be a new mental state kind: patchy endorsement. He also argues that mental states of this kind explain the racist tendencies that many people exhibit.

In this talk, I argue that we should not explain the tendencies in terms of patchy endorsements. I start off by suggesting that we should only appeal to such states in our explanations of the tendencies if we have a case for thinking that the states can provide better causal explanations of them than states of kinds that we are already familiar with. I then consider the ability of patchy endorsements to provide causal explanations of the tendencies, and suggest that that we have no such case. Finally, I conclude that we should not explain the tendencies in terms of patchy endorsements.


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