Maarten Maartensz:    Philosophical Dictionary | Filosofisch Woordenboek                      

 B - Bias


Bias: Inclination for or against a particular of several alternatives, usually without good evidence.

As defined, a
bias need not be as strong as a prejudice and may be easier to admit by a person who has it. Also, one may be biased on moral, personal or emotional grounds, while allowing one is biased that way. Then again, many biases are unconscious, at least in the sense that those having them are not aware their judgments about what the facts are may be or are slanted by their biases.


See: Clifford, James, Evidence, Fallacy, Personal Perspective, Rational, Wishful Thinking



 Original: Jan 10, 2012                                                 Last edited: 18 Oct 2012.   Top