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  1. Terence J. Pell (2004). Comments on Sterba's “The Michigan Cases and Furthering the Justification of Affirmative Action”. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):35-38.
    In my comments on Prof. Sterba’s paper, I argue that evidence about the educational value of racial preferences reveals not that these policies produce good educational outcomes, but that schools use racial preferences regardless of whether they produce desirable outcomes. I further argue that in the absence of objective evidence about the value of racial preferences, proponents of these policies tend to rely on personal anecdotes. Often, these anecdotes reveal complex institutional and personal motives having little to do with the (...)
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  2. Terence J. Pell (2004). The Nature of Claims About Race and the Debate Over Racial Preferences. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 18 (1):13-26.
    In this paper, I argue that assertions about the value of diversity rely on contradictory and incommensurable claims. As a result, institutions like the Supreme Court find it impossible to articulate an impartial standard for the appropriate use of race in college admissions. I argue that in the absence of such a standard, institutions inevitably fall back on engineering proportional racial outcomes, a method of college admissions that disproportionately harms minority students.
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  3. Terence J. Pell (2003). Racial Preferences and Formal Equality. Journal of Social Philosophy 34 (2):309–325.
  4. Terence J. Pell (2003). What's the Big Deal About Racial Preferences? Journal of Social Philosophy 34 (2):326–329.