Workshop 3: The Ethical and Political Implications of Implicit Bias
Implicit biases are clearly of ethical and political significance, but exactly what impact their recognition should have is less clear. Many questions and issues quickly arise. To explore these, we will also be bringing in professionals who work in equity policy for this workshop. Here are a few: Are the associations that have been discovered correctly described as racism, sexism and the like? Are people with deep and strong explicit opposition to racism and sexism correctly described as racist and sexist if they show implicit biases of the sorts described above? Do our notions of racism and sexism need refinement in light of the discovery of implicit bias? Are individuals morally responsible for their implicit biases and/or the effects of these biases on their behaviour? What remedies for discrimination can be justified in light of implicit bias research? Does ‘discrimination’ need redefinition? What, more generally, are the policy implications of this research?