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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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A Virtue Ethics Response to Implicit Bias

A Virtue Ethics Response to Implicit Bias

(p.190) (p.191) 3.1 A Virtue Ethics Response to Implicit Bias
Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volume 2

Clea F. Rees

Oxford University Press

Virtue ethics faces two challenges based in ‘dual-process’ models which posit distinct systems for automatic and deliberative cognition. One promising response to the classic situationist challenge invokes an alternative, integrated model of cognition and the potential of automatization to habituate virtuous motivations. Implicit bias threatens this approach by suggesting that we cannot avoid habituating vicious motivations. This chapter argues that the alternative model of cognition also offers a promising response to this second challenge—one which allows the virtue ethicist to counsel the habituation of egalitarian virtue, rather than merely the control of anti-egalitarian vice. Research shows both the importance of automatized individual egalitarian commitments and the potential of habituation to automatize deliberatively endorsed egalitarian goals. However, individual egalitarian commitments depend crucially on supportive social environments: as Aristotle said, individual virtue requires a virtuous community.

Keywords:   automatization, cognition, commitment, dual-process, egalitarian, goal, habituation, implicit bias, situationism, virtue ethics

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