10 thoughts on “Recommend readings rejecting implicit bias?

  1. Blanton and Jaccard’s 2009 piece in the Annual Review of Sociology. It’s quite interesting and, though I think part of its argument is mistaken and problematic, deserves to be taken seriously, in my opinion.

  2. Okay, I know Shay’s comment was tongue-in-cheek, but I get kind of frustrated at the idea that there’s a dichotomy between, on the one hand, taking things like implicit bias seriously, and on the other, being interested in traditional areas of analytic philosophy that maintain you can know things from your arm chair.

    I don’t see any tension between thinking that we are systematically and unconsciously prejudiced against women and minorities, and thinking that there are “abstract, impartial, universal truths derived from reason”. Literature on implicit bias doesn’t given me any reason – as far as I can tell – to question whether there really are objective facts about mathematics, logic, or spacetime. It just gives me very good reason to question my ability to objectively discern who’s the best at finding those facts out.

  3. Overview articles address the breadth of the discussion. Jost, Banaji and Nosek’s 2004 “A Decade of System Justification Theory: Accumulated Evidence of Conscious and Unconscious
    Bolstering of the Status Quo” (Political Psychology, Vol. 25, No. 6,) may be a little old but will cover the more traditional issues. It doesn’t focus specifically on the IAT, if that’s the interest.

  4. The latest issue of Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 43, #3, 2012 is on the topic in general. I am not a philosopher, nor have I read the articles, but maybe you will find something to address this question.
    Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 43, #3, 2012
    Special Issue: Gender, Implicit Bias, and Philosophical Methodology
    Margaret A. Crouch. Implicit bias and gender (and other sorts of) diversity in philosophy and the academy in the context of the corporatized university.
    Louise Antony. Different voices or perfect storm: Why are there so few women in philosophy?
    Jennifer Saul. Ranking exercises in philosophy and implicit bias.
    Jules Holroyd. Responsibility for implicit bias.
    Lisa H. Schwartzman. Intuition, thought experiments, and philosophical method: Feminism and experimental philosophy.
    Phyllis Rooney. When philosophical argumentation impedes social and political progress.
    Peggy DesAutels. Moral perception and responsiveness.
    Kathryn J. Norlock. Gender perception as a habit of moral perception: Implications for philosophical methodology and introductory curriculum.

  5. I only just picked the book up myself, so I can’t vouch for its quality, but Lee Jussim has a new book out published by Oxford titled, _Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy_. It looks like it might fit the bill.

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