looks philosophical

This is what a philosopher looks like.

Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat

Why care about what philosophers look like? Well, there’s a lot of evidence that stereotypes - including stereotypes about image - can have a massive effect both on individual performance and on how we judge individual performance. 

People can be judged as “less good” at philosophy because they don’t fit someone’s stereotypical image of a philosopher. And people can question their own ability to do philosophy - and sometimes even avoid philosophy entirely - because they think they “aren’t really the type”. 

To learn more about implicit bias and stereotype threat, check out a few of these resources:

Implicit Bias and Philosophy

Reducing Stereotype Threat

Feminist Philosophers - The Psychology of Philosophy

Rutgers Climate Page - What is implicit bias?

Rutgers Climate Page - What is stereotype threat?