Journal of Ethics 15 (3):265-280 (2011)
|Abstract||This article argues against the view that affirmative action is wrong because it involves assigning group rights. First, affirmative action does not have to proceed by assigning rights at all. Second, there are, in fact, legitimate “group rights” both legal and moral; there are collective rights—which are exercised by groups—and membership rights—which are rights people have in virtue of group membership. Third, there are continuing harms that people suffer as blacks and claims to remediation for these harms can fairly treat the (social) property of being black as tracking the victims of those harms. Affirmative action motivated in this way aims to respond to individual wrongs; wrongs that individuals suffer, as it happens, in virtue of their membership in groups. Finally, the main right we have when we are being considered for jobs and places at colleges is that we be treated according to procedures that are morally defensible. Morally acceptable procedures sometimes take account of the fact that a person is a member of a certain social group.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Erol Kuyurtar (2007). Are Cultural Group Rights Against Individual Rights? The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 3:51-59.
Suzy Killmister (2011). Group-Differentiated Rights and the Problem of Membership. Social Theory and Practice 37 (2):227-255.
Louis P. Pojman (1998). The Case Against Affirmative Action. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (1):97-115.
Brian E. Butler (2001). All Rights Are Affirmative. Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1):95-101.
Martha Nussbaum (2003). The Complexity of Groups: A Comment on Jorge Valadez. Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (1):57-69.
Rachael Briggs (2012). The Normative Standing of Group Agents. Episteme 9 (3):283-291.
Bill E. Lawson (2011). Sterba on Affirmative Action, or, It Never Was the Bus, It Was Us! Journal of Ethics 15 (3):281-290.
Daniel M. Hausman (2007). Group Risks, Risks to Groups, and Group Engagement in Genetics Research. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 17 (4):351-369.
Richard A. Jones (2004). Affirmative Inaction? The Aftermath of Grutter and Gratz. Radical Philosophy Review 7 (2):179-193.
Ori J. Herstein (2009). Historic Injustice, Group Membership and Harm to Individuals: Defending Claims for Historic Justice From the Non-Identity Problem. Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice 25:229.
Albert Mosley (1998). Policies of Straw or Policies of Inclusion? International Journal of Applied Philosophy 12 (2):161-168.
Brian E. Butler (2001). All Rights Are Affirmative. Radical Philosophy Review 4 (1/2):95-101.
George Carwe (2000). Affirmative Action in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Social Philosophy Today 16:77-94.
Anita L. Allen (2011). Was I Entitled or Should I Apologize? Affirmative Action Going Forward. Journal of Ethics 15 (3):253-263.
Added to index2011-10-18
Total downloads24 ( #51,735 of 551,054 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #25,753 of 551,054 )
How can I increase my downloads?