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Race and Racial Cognition

Kelly, D and Machery, E and Mallon, R (2010) Race and Racial Cognition. In: The Moral Psychology Handbook. UNSPECIFIED. ISBN 9780199582143

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This chapter argues that current work on racial cognition is relevant to many of philosophers' concerns about race. It first examines several positions within the philosophy of race, pointing out where facts about the psychology of race could have an impact upon the feasibility of reform proposals offered by philosophers. It then reviews two relatively separate sets of psychological literature. The first shows that the content of racial thought is not a simple product of one's social environment, but is also shaped by the operation of certain evolved psychological mechanisms. After drawing out implications of this work for several types of proposals made by philosophers, it turns to the question of racial evaluation. Recent studies suggest that implicit racist biases can exist and influence behavior even in persons sincerely professing tolerant or even anti-racist views, and that implicit racial evaluations can be insulated in important ways from more explicitly held beliefs. The chapter then argues that these findings bear on the feasibility of proposals made in the philosophical literature on race, and may be useful in shaping novel proposals.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kelly, D
Machery, Emachery@pitt.eduMACHERY
Mallon, R
Date: 1 September 2010
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582143.003.0014
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780199582143
Title of Book: The Moral Psychology Handbook
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 15:50
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 13:55


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