Friday, September 03, 2010

Philosophy TV - Tamar Gendler and Eric Schwitzgebel on implicit associations and belief

Very cool - who needs actual television to see good tv. Philosophy TV is a new online venture to feature actual philosophy discussions that people can watch and comment on (no anonymous comments allowed). I may be one of the few people who is psyched about this, but I'm sure that are at least 20 or 30 other people who dig philosophy, too.

Tamar Gendler and Eric Schwitzgebel

Tamar Gendler (left) and Eric Schwitzgebel (right) on implicit associations and belief.

Most of us explicitly renounce racist beliefs. Yet empirical work suggests that, for many people, their implicit racial associations are in tension with their explicit avowals. So what do we really believe? Gendler contends that, in general, our implicit associations (which she calls “aliefs”) are distinct from our beliefs, while Schwitzgebel argues that our beliefs are a composite that includes our implicit assumptions.

Related works

by Gendler:
Alief and Belief” (2008)
Alief in Action (and Reaction)” (2008)

by Schwitzgebel:
Acting Contrary to Our Professed Beliefs” (forthcoming)
Blog: The Splintered Mind

More video:
Tamar Gendler and Paul Bloom (BhTV)
Eric Schwitzgebel and Josh Knobe (BhTV)

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