Kant on Prejudice
Janum Sethi (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

November 19, 2021, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Western University

Stevenson Hall 1140/1145
Western University


University of Western Ontario


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Title: Kant on Prejudice


Although Kant’s view of the rational subject has been enormously influential, far less attention has been paid to his account of what occurs when a subject fails to reflect on her reasons and falls under the influence of what he calls prejudice. My first goal in this paper is to work out the details of Kant’s account of prejudice, as well as of what he takes to be necessary to overcome it. Next, I provide some considerations in support of this account. In allowing that a subject’s associations and inclinations can cause her to judge and act in prejudiced ways, Kant recognizes that prejudice does not always consist in mere errors of reasoning and, I show, anticipates contemporary discussions of what has come to be known as implicit bias. This does not mean, however, that a subject is not rationally accountable for her prejudices on Kant’s view, since he argues that she can always refrain from automatically endorsing her associations and inclinations. In this way, I argue, Kant’s account successfully avoids either over- or under-intellectualizing prejudice.

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