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Philosophia

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 981–999 | Cite as

Is Racial Profiling a Legitimate Strategy in the Fight against Violent Crime?

  • Neven Sesardić
Article

Abstract

Racial profiling has come under intense public scrutiny especially since the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. This article discusses two questions: (1) whether racial profiling is sometimes rational, and (2) whether it can be morally permissible. It is argued that under certain circumstances the affirmative answer to both questions is justified.

Keywords

Racial profiling Discrimination Police racism Black lives matter Bayes’s theorem Base rate fallacy Group differences 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I am grateful to Nathan Cofnas, Rafael De Clercq, Steven Pinker, Ante Sesardić, Matej Sušnik and Omri Tal for useful comments on earlier drafts. None of them, however, should be assumed to agree with the main claims of this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neven Sesardić
    • 1
  1. 1.ZagrebCroatia

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