Departmental Colloquium: Andrei Cimpian, New York University
Generics and Stereotypes
Stereotypes are typically defined as beliefs about groups, but this definition is underspecified. I will ask whether stereotypes are better characterized as generic beliefs about groups or as quantified beliefs. In addition to clarifying the cognitive structure of stereotypes, the answer to this question bears on the longstanding debate about stereotype accuracy: Whether stereotypes can be said to be accurate depends in part on what sorts of beliefs they turn out to be.