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This book offers a bold and controversial new thesis regarding the nature of prejudice. The authors' central claim is that prejudice is not simply learned, rather it is predisposed in all human beings and is thus the foundation for ethical valuation. They aim to destroy the illusion that prejudice is merely the result of learned beliefs, socially conditioned attitudes, or pathological states of development. Contrary to traditional accounts, prejudice itself is not a negative attribute of human nature, rather it is the necessary precondition for the self and civilization to emerge. Defined as the preferential self-expression of valuation, prejudice gives rise to greater existential complexities and novelties that elevate selfhood and society to higher states of ethical realization. Rather than offer another contribution that highlights the destructive nature of prejudice, Mills and Polanowski address the ontological, psychological, and dialectical origins of prejudice as it manifests itself in the process of selfhood and culture. They provide an original conceptualization of the phenomenology of prejudice and its dialectical instantiation in the ontology of the individual, worldhood, and the very structures of subjectivity. As a unique synthesis of psychoanalysis, Hegelian idealism, Heideggerian existential ontology, and Whiteheadian process philosophy, prejudice is the indispensable ground for humanity to actualize its highest potentiality-for-Being. The striking result is (1) a revolutionary theory of human nature, (2) a new ethical system, and (3) the elevation of dialectical ethics to the domain of metaphysics.

Originally the word “prejudice,” derived from Lat. praeiudicium, meant a preliminary judgment that might stand in need of revision. It was G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831; Hegelianism) who inaugurated the critique of the hitherto regnant philosophical conception of a reason that is free of prejudice

In: The Encyclopedia of Christianity Online
Author: Werner Bergmann

Abstract: This entry presents a short overview of the main theoretical approaches to prejudice, followed by five aspects of the relationship between prejudice and religion: the influence of differing religious orientations on judgments of other religious and also non-religious groups; the

-drop rule, or social race-thinking; however, ancestry-based and phenotype-based classifi cation criteria were associated with racial attitudes. Th ese results suggest a complicated relationship between conceptions of race and racial attitudes. Keywords Race, racism, prejudice, racial conceptions One

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Author: A.C. Paranjpe

The identity theory of prejudice: A perspective from the intellectual tradition of India A. C . PARANJPE Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada ABSTRACT One of the current trends in social psychological literature locates the roots of prejudice in an individual's social identity or, more

In: Journal of Asian and African Studies
Patristics have traditionally been a domain of Central and Western-European Scholars, their predilections and prejudices. As the center of Global Christianity is gradually shifting towards regions formerly considered to lie on the "margins", this long-established picture is about to change. The series Patristic Studies in Global Perspective appreciates this development. Focusing on topics of Patristic and Byzantine Theology, History and Culture from 150 A.D. to 1500 A.D Patristic Studies in Global Perspective welcomes historical, theological, philosophical and philological research, from Latin American, African, Asian, Australasian and Pacific, Eastern European and Near Eastern Scholars. As a peer-reviewed and cross-disciplinary series Patristic Studies in Global Perspective is open to academics working in the areas of history, philology, theology, philosophy and related disciplines. It is intended to publish two volumes per year. Both monographs and multi-authored volumes in English, German, French and Spanish are accepted.