in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy Forum: De-Freuding Implicit Attitudes

Dr. Edouard Machery

University of Pittsburg

November 15th at 4:00-5:30 in Bryant Hall 209

“De-Freuding Implicit Attitudes”

“Psychologists and philosophers treat implicit attitudes as automatic and unconscious mental states—a view reminiscent of Freud’s theory of unconscious desires and urges. I present a competing view about the nature of attitudes that enjoys greater empirical support. I argue that attitudes are not mental states at all; rather, they are traits. And since the distinction between what is explicit and what is implicit is meaningful only when applied to mental states, it makes no sense to speak of implicit and explicit attitudes. Thus, there are no implicit attitudes, social psychologists’ consensus notwithstanding.”


The format of this event will be a workshop of Dr. Machery’s paper. Requests for an advance copy of the paper can be directed to Dr. Donovan Wishon (


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