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Responding to atrocity what are the practical

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Responding to Atrocity What are the practical consequences of their position? How should we respond to atrocities? If perpetrators of wartime atrocities typically occupy excusing conditions, should they then be exculpated? Doris and Murphy: No. Excuses do not always entail exculpation moral responsibility should be separated from criminal liability Consequences of their position: they must accept a doctrine of “strict liability” which entails a rejection of a mens rea (guilty mind/criminal intent) requirement for criminal liability the doctrine of strict liability has implications for those higher up in the chain of command: if individuals in combat occupy excusing conditions, then “whatever individual responsibility obtains resides with those who knowingly order them into such conditions” (52). December 4, 2012: The Ethics of Implicit Bias Focus: thinking about race how we think about race how we conceptualize race and racial membership how we evaluate race and racial membership what are the effects of how we think about race on our behavior Structure A. Summary of empirical work on racial cognition B. Discussion of the normative nature of these implicit biases Are implicit biases inherently bad/immoral? Is it morally problematic to harbor or have implicit biases? How can we counter the effects of implicit biases? Implicit Racial Bias Two “real world” studies: Study #1: Design two types of resumes p. 523 results: White names received 50% more callbacks for interviews than their Black counterparts White-names resumes with highly qualified credentials received 30% more callbacks than their less qualified White counterparts but: there wasn't the same type of differentiations between highly qualified Black resumes and their less qualified Black counterparts Study #2: NBA and refereeing practices p. 523 Implicit Association Test (IAT) IAT has been used to show that many subjects display subtle signs of racial bias in controlled experimental settings – even if those subjects explicitly disavow any form of racial prejudice
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Is there a time difference in accuracy and speed in the performance of task #1 vs. that of task #2? p. 525-6 Significance of IAT results 1. Performance on IAT is predictive of many types of behavior and judgment. 2. In certain cases, performance on IAT is more predictive of behavior than self-report. 3. The existence of implicit biases can explain a number of real world phenomena. The Ethics of Implicit Bias Question: Is it morally problematic to harbor implicit racial biases? Answer: “If such biases lead to harmful or unfair consequences then yes they are.” Harder question: Is it morally problematic to harbor implicit racial biases, their consequences notwithstanding? In other words: “Are implicit biases intrinsically – i.e., in and of themselves – morally problematic?
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