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Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 2Moral Responsibility,  Structural Injustice, and Ethics$
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Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198766179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198766179.001.0001

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Revisionism and Moral Responsibility for Implicit Attitudes

Revisionism and Moral Responsibility for Implicit Attitudes

(p.115) 1.5 Revisionism and Moral Responsibility for Implicit Attitudes
Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 2

Luc Faucher

Oxford University Press

Those acquainted with the literature about responsibility know that the notion that we are responsible agents has been questioned throughout philosophical history. More recently, psychologists and neuroscientists alike have also been arguing—due to research results—that responsible agency is under threat. In this chapter I will consider the possible influence of a subset of this research; namely, social psychology research on implicit attitudes, as it is related to our understanding of responsibility. The thesis I am defending is that certain revisions to our way of understanding responsibility, and the practices related to responsibility attribution, could be justified by results from research about implicit attitudes. My goal is modest; I am not trying to present an exhaustive list of revisions that might be induced by such work, nor am I trying to offer a unified view of such revisions. I am merely trying to illustrate—with a few examples—the type of revisions that could be induced by this research stream.

Keywords:   responsibility, revisionism, consciousness, control, real self, motivation

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