Accessibilism and the Challenge from Implicit Bias

Katherine Puddifoot

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Recent research in social psychology suggests that many beliefs are formed as a result of implicit biases in favour of members of certain groups and against members of other groups. This article argues that beliefs of this sort present a counterexample to accessibilism in epistemology because the position cannot account for how the epistemic status of a belief that is the result of an implicit bias can differ from that of a counterpart belief that is the result of an unbiased response to the available evidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-434
JournalPacific Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date20 Jan 2015
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2016


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