Born Free and Equal?: A Philosophical Inquiry into the by Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

By Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

What's discrimination? there are specific situations of differential therapy that nearly someone could describe as discriminatory; but upon deeper exam, this near-unanimity offers solution to war of words and distinction. for example, is it discrimination whilst hospitals lease non-smokers merely? not just do humans vary on which situations of differential remedy they see as discriminatory, in addition they disagree approximately whilst discrimination is morally fallacious; what makes it morally fallacious; and, certainly, approximately even if all types of discrimination are morally fallacious! eventually, many disagree over what could be performed approximately wrongful discrimination-especially approximately what the country might permissibly do to cast off wrongful discrimination, e.g. in people's love lives.

This booklet addresses those concerns. It argues that there are various recommendations of discrimination and that diversified reasons concerning diversified contexts make sure which one is the main valuable. It offers certain consciousness to an idea of discrimination that ties discrimination to differential remedy of individuals at the foundation in their club in socially salient teams. moment, it argues that once discrimination is incorrect, it's so in the beginning as a result of its damaging results. 3rd, it takes factor with a number of the usual units used to counteract discrimination and submits that scuffling with discrimination calls for greater than kingdom activities. eventually, it argues that states could occasionally permissibly discriminate.

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For present purposes, I can remain agnostic on this issue and would allow that the present definition only requires a very thin, grammatical notion of a subject. While discrimination cannot be objectless, many different objects will suffice for discrimination to occur. For instance, “Y” and “Z” may refer to possible people. 16 Surely, this amounts to generic discrimination, whether this unusual form of discrimination constitutes a serious moral problem or not. Also, superindividual entities such as private companies, social structures, and states can be subjects (and objects) of discrimination.

Morally impermissible, or pro tanto morally wrong. ,, involving a Cartesian demon credibly warning us of dire consequences if we do not treat different groups 46 See Richard Hare (1952), The Language of Morality (Oxford: Clarendon Press), pp. 121– 126; Richard Hare (1963), Freedom and Reason (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 22–25; Richard Hare (1981), Moral Thinking: Its Levels, Methods, and Point (Oxford: Clarendon Press), p. 17; Richard Hare (1989), Essays in Ethical Theory (Oxford: Clarendon Press), pp.

Because members of dominated groups can suffer from discrimination but not members of dominating groups. Discrimination in the generic sense has no such asymmetry condition built into it. We might, of course, build it into a definition of a more specific kind of discrimination, but I do not think that, as a matter of fact, discrimination in the relevant more specific sense includes some such requirement. Hence, it is possible—on my definition of generic definition as well as the definition of prima facie morally wrong discrimination that I propose below—for someone to discriminate against others who in turn discriminate against the first person in dimensions that either differ from, or are the same as, those in which he discriminates against the latter.

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