The False Mirror: A Brief History of Prejudice

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tbieter
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Re: The False Mirror: A Brief History of Prejudice

Post by tbieter » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:28 pm

"If prejudice can be overcome, can it not be avoided altogether? Following Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer showed that all understanding is ‘permanently determined’ by what he calls pre-understanding. In the end, he says, all understanding is always “reflection of a given pre-understanding.” This means that whenever I need to understand someone or something I approach it with a certain pre-understanding. Why is this so unavoidable? The reason lies not in some genetic disposition but in our own past. Prejudices are based on our ‘historical reality’; in other words, if you have a past, you also have prejudices."
Are Heidegger and Gadamer saying that a prejudice might be an intuition ?[/u]

Amazon tells me that I purchased the following book in 2008. It must be around here somewhere. The author certainly does not hold that we can rid ourselves of all prejudices,
if my memory is accurate.
https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Prejudice ... +dalrymple

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Re: The False Mirror: A Brief History of Prejudice

Post by Impenitent » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:57 pm

if one believes that the future will resemble the past, is that not a pre-judging?

language itself is a pre-judging...

-Imp

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Re: The False Mirror: A Brief History of Prejudice

Post by A_Seagull » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:37 pm

Philosophy Now wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:18 pm
by Anja Steinbauer

If prejudice can be overcome....
Why 'overcome' prejudice? Maybe we should celebrate it.

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