Holroyd, Jules

Research interests and relevant publications

I am a lecturer in the Philosophy department at the University of Nottingham. One of my research interests focuses on questions of responsibility and appraisal in moral philosophy and moral psychology. Some of my recent work has looked at implicit cognition, and the ways in which understandings of agency and responsibility should be responsive to findings emerging from empirical psychology.

Questions I have started to consider include: are individuals morally responsible for implicit aspects of cognition, such as biases? To what extent are implicit cognitions part of an individual's character? Are there philosophical models of control according to which individuals have control over some of their implicit cognitions? Is it efficacious of counter-productive to blame people for implicit biases?

I am a participant in the Implicit Bias network, and I convene the Automaticity Reading Group at the University of Nottingham.

Here is my first post on the project blogImplicit Cognitions and Responsibility.

Holroyd, J. 2012: 'Responsibility for implicit bias'. Journal of Social Philosophy. Vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 274

Holroyd, J. 2007: 'A Communicative Conception of Moral Appraisal'. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. Vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 267278

For draft works in progress on implicit bias and character, control and blame, please contact me!