When to Psychologize?

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Abstract

The central focus of this paper is to motivate and explore the question, when is it permissible to endorse a psychologizing explanation of a sincere interlocutor? I am interested in the moral question of when (if ever) we may permissibly dismiss the sincere reasons given to us by others, and instead endorse an alternative explanation of their beliefs and actions. I argue that there is a significant risk of wronging the other person, and so we should only psychologize when we are in a position to know that they are in bad faith.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-982
Number of pages15
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Volume101
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Moral Psychology
  • Psychologize
  • bad faith
  • doxastic wronging
  • epistemic injustice
  • implicit bias
  • testimony

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