Algorithmic Fairness as an Inconsistent Concept

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Abstract

In this article, I investigate whether algorithmic fairness is an inconsistent concept (the inconsistency thesis). Drawing on the work of Kevin Scharp, inconsistent concepts can apply and disapply at the same time (2.). It is shown that paradigmatic issues of algorithmic fairness fit this description (3.). Similarities and differences to received views (4.) and alternatives to the inconsistency thesis are considered (5.). Suggestions are articulated on how the inconsistency thesis might hold ground nevertheless, or at the very least denotes a distinctive option in argumentative space whose status and implications merit further evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Philosophical Quarterly
Volume62
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Dec 2023

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