Prejudice: A Study in Non-Ideal Epistemology

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2022.05.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews

Endre Begby, Prejudice: A Study in Non-Ideal Epistemology, Oxford University Press, 2021, 218pp, $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198852834.

Reviewed by Robin McKenna, University of Liverpool

Prejudice is bad and prejudiced believers are bad believers. Or so goes the common prejudice. We can all agree that prejudice is morally bad. But in his new book Endre Begby argues that it is not clear that prejudice is bad from an epistemic point of view. His thesis is that, while prejudiced beliefs are usually (or even always) false, prejudiced believers may be justified in believing as they do (8). While this is a provocative thesis, what follows? One strength of Begby’s book is that it combines sophisticated epistemology with a nuanced account of responsibility for prejudice and for the moral harms and wrongs that can result from it. On this account, if their prejudiced beliefs are justified, we cannot morally blame

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