4th Fragmentation Workshop: Dissonance and Implicit Bias
Graz, 25-26 May 2017
The 4th Fragmentation Workshop: Dissonance and Implicit Bias is organized by the research project The Fragmented Mind and will take place at the University of Graz, Austria, on May 25-26, 2017. We welcome submissions of anonymized abstracts of 500–1000 words for 45 minutes presentations on any of the workshop topics — see below — made by December 15, 2016 at email@example.com.
- Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside)
- Jules Holroyd (Sheffield)
It is highly disputed what the psychological underpinnings of assertion-behavior dissonance and implicit bias are. Under some interpretations, these are special cases of belief fragmentation, i.e., the view that a single agent has various separate systems of belief, which need not make for a consistent and deductively closed overall system. Under other interpretations, dissonance does not represent a state of fragmentation nor does implicit bias involve the presence of conflicting beliefs.
The objective of this workshop is to explore the adequacy and limitations of the notion of fragmentation (as advanced, for example, by Davidson, Lewis, Stalnaker, and Rayo), when applied to cases of dissonance and implicit bias.
(Non-exhaustive) list of topics:
- What are the psychological underpinnings of assertion-behavior dissonance?
- What are the psychological underpinnings of implicit bias?
- Are dissonance and implicit bias overlapping phenomena?
- Does fragmentation help explaining cases of assertion-behavior dissonance?
- Does fragmentation help explaining implicit bias?
Submissions of anonymous abstracts of 500-1000 words (excluding bibliography), prepared for anonymous peer-review, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2016. Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format, in English.
Authors will be notified of decisions by January 31, 2017. Please indicate the title of your paper in your email.
Some support for travel and accommodation might be available.
Organizers: Cristina Borgoni, Dirk Kindermann, Andrea Onofri