A Critical Analysis of Stereotypes
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Bachelor of Arts
Dorit A. Ganson
Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy, Antiracism
Stereotypes are both acknowledged as harmful and harmless within current colloquial discussion. They can foster racist beliefs but are generally assumed to be false and irrelevant. Philosophy can provide valuable discourse for critically analyzing the function and subsequent harm of stereotypes. I follow general discourse on stereotypes within Epistemology by rejecting that all stereotypes should be assumed false. I explore an alternative reason to reject stereotypes by delineating the specific epistemic harm that stereotypes and stereotype-adjacent beliefs can enact not only on others, but on society at large. I compare various philosophical arguments that could dismantle stereotypes and reduce the potential harm that they enact. This thesis serves as a motivation for antiracist teachings founded on philosophical thought.
Wai, Patrick, "A Critical Analysis of Stereotypes" (2021). Honors Papers. 826.