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The Implicit Mind: Cognitive Architecture, the Self, and Ethics

Michael Brownstein


Heroes are often admired for their ability to act without having “one thought too many,” as Bernard Williams put it. Likewise, the unhesitating decisions of masterful athletes and artists are part of their fascination. Examples like these make clear that spontaneity can represent an ideal. However, recent literature in empirical psychology has shown how vulnerable our spontaneous inclinations can be to bias, shortsightedness, and irrationality. How can we make sense of these different roles that spontaneity plays in our lives? The central contention of this book is that understanding these two ... More

Keywords: implicit bias, skill, know-how, automaticity, spontaneity, habit, responsibility, self-regulation, gut instincts, flow

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190633721
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190633721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Brownstein, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY