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Discrimination and Disrespect - Oxford Philosophical Monographs (Hardback)
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Discrimination and Disrespect - Oxford Philosophical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 274 Pages / Published: 12/11/2015
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Everyone agrees that discrimination can be a grave moral wrong. Yet this consensus masks fundamental disagreements about what makes something an act of discrimination, as well as precisely why (and hence when) such acts are wrong. In Discrimination and Disrespect, Benjamin Eidelson develops illuminating philosophical answers to these two questions. Discrimination is intrinsically wrong, Eidelson argues, when it manifests disrespect for the personhood of those it disfavours. He offers an original account of what such disrespect amounts to, explaining how attention to two different facets of moral personhood - equality and autonomy - ought to guide our judgments about wrongful discrimination. At the same time, however, Eidelson contends that many forms of discrimination are morally impeachable only on account of their contingent effects. The book concludes with a discussion of the moral arguments against racial profiling - a practice that exemplifies how controversial forms of discrimination can be morally wrong without being intrinsically so.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198732877
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 303 x 149 x 24 mm


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Discrimination and Disrespect is a nuanced and carefully argued account of what discrimination is and what makes it wrong. Only recently has the subject attracted serious philosophical attention and with this book Eidelson establishes himself as one of the most important voices in the field ... The book is beautifully written and carefully argued - with the balance, open-mindedness, sophistication and care that insure that Discrimination and Disrespect will be highly influential. It is a must-read for anyone interested in thinking deeply about discrimination. * Deborah Hellman, D. Lurton Massee Professor of Law, University of Virginia *
This book offers a rich, fascinating and philosophically crisp examination of a set of legal cases and issues of the utmost importance, both to political philosophy and to the world at large. * Gideon Yaffe, Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy & Psychology, Yale University *
Benjamin Eidelsons book is an absolutely terrific book repeat: an absolutely terrific book which not only casts much needed light on the nature of discrimination, but also develops an unusually rich and sophisticated account of discrimination. Hence, if you have any interest in philosophical discussions of discrimination, his book is a 'must read'. * Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice *
As Eidelson notes, it is something of a 'philosophical' embarrassment that so little has yet been done to explore wrongful discrimination. His book constitutes an important attempt to remedy this embarrassment. * Jesper Ryberg, Australasian Journal of Philosophy *

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