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Prof. Sally Haslanger giving a talk “Narrative and Social Justice” Thursday, 3/19/15 at 6:30pm in Alumni Memorial Hall

Posted by: Kate Kenney-Newhard | February 27, 2015 | No Comment |

Prof. Sally Haslanger, Ford Professor of Philosophy & Womens and Gender Studies at MIT will be presenting her talk Narrative and Social Justice on Thursday, 3/19/15 at 6:30pm in Alumni Memorial Hall of Randolph Hall.

Narrative and Social Justice – Recent work on social injustice has focused on implicit bias as an important factor in explaining persistent injustice in spite of achievements on civil rights.  In this paper, I argue that implicit bias offers a familiar sort of individualistic narrative to explain injustice, but taken alone, it is inadequate.  Most importantly, such narratives miss what is morally at stake.  An adequate account of how implicit bias functions must situate it within a broader theory of social structures; changing structures is often a precondition for changing patterns of thought and action and is certainly required for durable change.  So we must learn to develop different sorts of narratives that address not only the question, “What can/should I do?” but also “What can/should we do?”

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