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The rational impermissibility of accepting (some) racial generalizations

Bolinger, Renee Jorgensen


I argue that inferences from highly probabilifying racial generalizations (e.g. believing that Jones is a janitor, on the grounds that most Salvadoreans at the school are janitors) are not solely objectionable because acting on such inferences would be problematic, or they violate a moral norm, but because they violate a distinctively epistemic norm. They involve accepting a proposition when, given the costs of a mistake, one is not adequately justified in doing so. First I sketch an account of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-05-23
Type: Journal article
Source: Synthese
DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1809-5
Access Rights: Open Access


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