What’s Wrong with Stereotyping?


ACLS Fellowship Program




This book project employs a philosophical perspective to investigate the ethical puzzles associated with stereotyping. It asks two kinds of questions. The first is conceptual: how should one conceptualize stereotypes and stereotyping? The second is evaluative: when and why is stereotyping ethically wrong? Is it is always wrong? Might it never be wrong due to its cognitive and practical indispensability? If stereotyping is only sometimes wrong, why? How does one distinguish bad cases from ones that are ethically benign? This project argues that the best answer to these questions requires a pluralistic theory that reflects the complexity of objections to stereotyping.