What is bigotry?

Nov 2014
378
ph
#1
Basically, is there an objective metaphysical definition of the word bigotry that can be reached, or do people just use it as a word for emotions or concepts that they do not like, or consider offensive, and hence these ideas should be suppresed in thebpublic sphere. So bigotry and its very definition this is basically the metaphysical equivalent of one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter? And furthermore is the core root of fundamental and basic philosophical disagreements between social conservatives, like Aristotle and Confucious, and liberals/libertarians, because they can not agree on what is the findamental telos of life, and thus logically they are expected to disagree on basically everything, except for things like cheeseburgers, pizzas, and french fries are the greatest inventions of human history?
 

Nemowork

Ad Honorem
Jan 2011
8,327
South of the barcodes
#2
The belief that someone is inferior just because they arent you! Usually the poisonous flipside to pride.

You can expand it to philosophies, favourite thinkers, nations, home towns or whatever, but it basically just comes down to that.
 
Mar 2018
713
UK
#4
The belief that someone is inferior just because they arent you! Usually the poisonous flipside to pride.

You can expand it to philosophies, favourite thinkers, nations, home towns or whatever, but it basically just comes down to that.
That seems like a good working definition. I might expand it to "The belief that someone is inferior just because they don't belong to a group that you are part of". A group could be anything like religion, supporting a football team, race, nationality, hair colour, etc...
 

Haakbus

Ad Honorem
Aug 2013
3,681
United States
#5
The Merriam-Webster definition appears to be pretty straightforward. However, like many words, its common use is not quite what its dictionary definition is (though the Wiktionary definition appears to be the common one: bigotry - Wiktionary).

Definition of BIGOTRY

Definition of bigotry



1 : obstinate or intolerant devotion to one's own opinions and prejudices : the state of mind of a bigot overcoming his own bigotry



2 : acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot
 
Aug 2010
16,034
Welsh Marches
#6
Obviously an unreasonable and unreflective intolerance in which the person in question makes no effort to understand opposing views, and no effort to examine or criticize his own views; an intolerance that is often violently and impatiently expressed moreover.
 

Fox

Ad Honorem
Oct 2011
3,905
Korea
#9
The Merriam-Webster definition appears to be pretty straightforward. However, like many words, its common use is not quite what its dictionary definition is (though the Wiktionary definition appears to be the common one: bigotry - Wiktionary).

Definition of BIGOTRY
Yes, the word in question has more or less been hijacked, and moreover, at least in part hijacked by individuals who want to use it as an attack upon their perceived opposition, yet on some level realize they are guilty of it themselves according to the dictionary definition, forcing them to redefine it to avoid something akin to cognitive dissonance. You see the same thing with the term "racism" actually; certain parties will insist it means "prejudice plus power," and their carefully tailored attempt at conscious redefinition is informative.

And furthermore is the core root of fundamental and basic philosophical disagreements between social conservatives, like Aristotle and Confucious, and liberals/libertarians, because they can not agree on what is the findamental telos of life, and thus logically they are expected to disagree on basically everything, except for things like cheeseburgers, pizzas, and french fries are the greatest inventions of human history?
Not necessarily. In many cases, ostensible "social conservatives" and ostensible "liberals/libertarians" desire the same basic outcome, but simply disagree on the best means to achieve it, which is a pragmatic concern, not a metaphysical one. Moreover, tribal dynamics are also involved in the generation of disagreements between these groups, with the desire to engage in tribal signalling and distance oneself from one's perceived outgroup leading to the broad (but not universal) adoption of certain positions not necessarily on fundamental principled grounds, or even pragmatic ones, but simply arbitrary ones. Finally, these groups are not monolithic; an individual "social conservative" and an individual "liberal/libertarian" may find much upon which to disagree, and two members of the same group might find many matters upon which they disagree. Finally, if one really wished to discuss fundamental causes, then it's worth bearing in mind that on average, conservative and liberal brains show certain differences on average, and those underlying biological factors are probably more of a "core root" of difference than any metaphysical concerns.
 
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