Automaticity, Bias, and Intentional Action

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I argue that actions that result from our implicit biases – like the implicit racism of slowing the pace of speech when meeting a foreign-looking person or when a white policeman is more likely to identify an object in the hands of an African-American as threatening than when the same object is in the hands of someone white - are automatic intentional actions: namely those actions meet both the conditions for automaticity (and are therefore automatic actions) and also the conditions for intentionality (and are therefore intentional actions).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSocial Science Research Network (SSRN)
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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