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Monday, April 1, 2019

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I LOVE Women

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Contact: Crystal · · 5048653940

Location: Multimedia Room 2, Monroe Library

Join us in welcoming Dr. Vida Yao of Rice University who will present "I Love Women" A Theoretical Challenge to Implicit Bias Research.


Recent years have seen a surge of interest in implicit bias. Driving this concern is the thesis, apparently established by tests such as the IAT, that people who hold egalitarian explicit attitudes and beliefs, are often influenced by implicit mental processes that operate independently from, and are largely insensitive to, their non-implicit attitudes. We argue that implicit bias testing in social and empirical psychology does not, and without a fundamental shift in focus could not, establish this startling thesis. We suggest that rapid conceptual associations, and the actions they cause, may be nothing more than expressions of subjects’ non-implicit attitudes. Implicit bias research has failed to rule out this “Non-Implicit Explanation” because such research has been conducted in light of inadequate theories of racism and sexism. As a result, such testing has not sufficiently controlled for subjects’ prejudiced non-implicit beliefs and emotions, and has not ruled out the possibility that non-implicit prejudice best explains test subjects’ discriminatory associations and behavior. After making this case, we discuss the implications of our arguments for moral theorizing, admonishing philosophers not to depart from standard forms of interpersonal assessment and response when confronted with implicit bias testing data. If rapid associations and the actions they cause are often straightforward expressions of agents’ characters, then our attempts at moral improvement ought to favor reasoning, argument, and education over therapeutic reprogramming.

This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department, the Loyola Honors Program, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Grace and Alienation

Time: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Contact: Crystal · · 5048653940

Location: Whitney Presentation Room

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Vida Yao of Rice University for her presentation Grace and Alienation.


According to an attractive conception of love discussed by Iris Murdoch, one strives to see the beloved accurately and justly. A puzzle for understanding how to love another in this way emerges in cases where more accurate perception of the beloved only reveals his flaws and vices, and where the beloved, in awareness of this, strives to escape from the accurate gaze of others, including his loved ones. Though less attentive forms of love may be able to render coherent and justifiable one’s continued love in these cases, I argue that they risk further alienating the beloved, precisely because they are less attentive, and because of the operations of the beloved’s shame. I argue that attentive love is well-suited to alleviate this problem of alienation, but that it must be supplemented with grace. I propose a conception of grace as affectionate love for the qualities of human nature, distinguish this from love for the beloved’s humanity. I show how this complex emotion, in being responsive to the complexities of shame, is thereby able to alleviate the problem of alienation.

This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Philosophy Department, the Loyola Honors Program, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Mostly Mondays: Dr. Valerie Goertzen

Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Contact: Dr. Valerie Goertzen ·

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

Dr. Valerie Goertzen, Associate Professor of Music History and Coordinator of Music History and Literature, presents on her research as part of the Mostly Mondays Faculty Research series. Event is free and open to the public.

Updates to this event will be posted at as information becomes available.