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The Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture Series

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The Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture Series

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Are we accountable for our unconscious biases?

Where: St Mary's University, Twickenham, D121 When: Thursday 5th March 2015, 5:15pm-6:45pm Contact: For further information please contact Dr Yasemin J Erden at This lecture is free and open to all members of the public without registration. Abstract: The lecture, presented by Professor Helen Beebee, Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy, University of Manchester, will examine the increasingly persuasive evidence that our behaviour is often affected by implicit biases; unconscious attitudes to people of a certain kind (e.g. women, different ethnic groups, disabled people) that often contradict our explicit, conscious beliefs. From the evidence, the lecture will discuss under what circumstances, if any, we are accountable for the biases themselves and the behaviour that they cause. It will be argued that there are at least some circumstances under which we are morally responsible for behaviour that stems from implicit biases, even if that behaviour is not under our conscious control.  


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