Most people would agree that judging people based on generalizations related to their skin color or gender, religion or nationality is wrong. Yet this is a common practice in all societies. So the question arises, is it ever okay to use stereotypes? And, if so, when?
Erin Beeghly is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Utah, where her research focuses on the intersection of ethics, epistemology, political philosophy and moral philosophy. This year, as the Philip L. Quinn Fellow at the Center, she is working on Seeing Difference: The Ethics and Epistemology of Stereotyping, which examines the conditions under which judging people by group membership is wrong.