Prejudice  

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"I never read a book I must review, it prejudices you so." --Oscar Wilde


"Prejudice is good in its time and place" -- Johann Gottfried Herder, This Too a Philosophy of History for the Formation of Humanity


In Truth and Method Hans-Georg Gadamer criticized Enlightenment thinkers for harboring a "prejudice against prejudices" ("Vorurteil gegen die Vorurteile"). --Sholem Stein

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The word prejudice refers to prejudgment, or forming an opinion before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. The word is often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality or other personal characteristics. In this case, it refers to a positive or negative evaluation of another person based on their perceived group membership.

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French prejudice, from Latin praeiūdicium (“previous judgment or damage”), from prae- (“before”) + iūdicium (“judgment”).

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bias - experience - judgment - racism - relativism - sexism - world view

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