Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA)
Second Committee Member
Ed H. Minar
Associations, Beliefs, Implicit Attitudes, Implicit Biases, Representation
Since their inception, implicit attitudes have been defined as associative mental states, separate from beliefs, which are considered to be propositional in nature. Recently, several philosophers have challenged this distinction, arguing that implicit attitudes are actually unconscious beliefs. In turn, I argue that the attitudes detected by current experimental paradigms are blind to distinctions between implicit attitudes, which I define as the products of an associative learning mechanism, and unconscious beliefs, which are the products of a propositional learning mechanism. Specifically, I argue for a single-representational dual-attitude account of implicit bias.
Synoground, A. D. (2019). Implicit Bias and the Boundaries of Belief: A Single-Representational Dual-Attitude Account of Implicit Attitudes. Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/3401